chapter 7: nonarthritic anterior knee pain

ILIOTIBIAL FRICTION BAND SYNDROME

Some patients, particularly those who are very active in running sports, may develop pain along the lateral side of the knee that can mimic patellofemoral pain. Careful examination of the iliotibial band, where it slides over the lateral femoral epicondyle, will demonstrate tenderness in some of these patients. Stretching the iliotibial band, local hot packs, anti inflammatory medication, and orthotics may be helpful. It is most important to differentiate between a primary iliotibial band problem and a retinacular problem associated with patellofemoral malalignment.



        

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