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What surfaces can make IT band syndrome more likely?

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IT band syndrome is more likely if you run or train on the wrong surfaces, such as:

  • Running downhill
  • Running only on one side of the road. Because roads slope toward the curb, your outside foot is lower, which tilts your hips and throws your body off.
  • Training on banked, rather than flat, surfaces. Most running tracks are slightly banked.

SOURCES:

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Iliotibial Band (IT Band) Syndrome.”

Houston Methodist: “Iliotibial Band Syndrome.”

UC San Diego Health: “Iliotibial Band Syndrome.”

Emory Healthcare: “IT Band Syndrome.”

University of Wisconsin Health: “Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome and Greater Trochanteric Bursitis.”

Rice University: “Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome.”

Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma: “Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome Treatment.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Knee Problems.”

St. Luke’s Health System: “Treatment for Iliotibial Band Syndrome.”

Medscape: “Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Iliotibial Band Syndrome Treatment & Management.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 27, 2019

SOURCES:

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Iliotibial Band (IT Band) Syndrome.”

Houston Methodist: “Iliotibial Band Syndrome.”

UC San Diego Health: “Iliotibial Band Syndrome.”

Emory Healthcare: “IT Band Syndrome.”

University of Wisconsin Health: “Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome and Greater Trochanteric Bursitis.”

Rice University: “Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome.”

Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma: “Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome Treatment.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Knee Problems.”

St. Luke’s Health System: “Treatment for Iliotibial Band Syndrome.”

Medscape: “Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Iliotibial Band Syndrome Treatment & Management.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 27, 2019

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