The iliotibial band is a thickened and strong tendinous strap which runs down the side of the thigh.

iliotibial band or ITB
The ITB running down the outer thigh.


Function of the ITB

The ITB and the muscles associated with it function to extend, abduct, and laterally rotate the hip.


Ilio-tibial band friction syndrome

Part of a series by Mr (Dr) Charles Willis-Owen on Lower limb overuse Injuries.



A Review of Treatments for Iliotibial Band Syndrome in the Athletic Population. Beals C and Flanigan D. J Sports Med (Hindawi Publ Corp). 2013; 2013: 367169.

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