Iliotibial (IT) Band

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The Iliotibial (IT) band is a thick piece of fascia, with little to no “give” in the fascia, that runs along the outer thigh. Proximally, this attaches to the ilium via the tensor fascia latae. Distally, it attaches below the lateral part of the tibia in the lower leg. The IT band plays a large role in the overall stability of the knee. A loose IT band provides little stability but an overly tight band may cause stiffness or pain in the knee. Fascially, it can adhere to the lateral quadriceps resulting in a “stuck” sensation. Foam rolling the area can help to manipulate the fascia & send fresh oxygenated blood to help release the bound fascia.

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