Dealing with Long-Term ITBS

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Coping with Iliotibial Ban Syndrome Symptoms

Long-term ITBS can be a devastating problem for active runners and other athletes who are uncertain about their treatment options. All too often, these active individuals either live with their conditions by trying to ‘fight through the pain’ or they give up the activities they love. Fortunately, there is another option for anyone suffering from chronic iliotibial band syndrome: treating the condition and its symptoms, to reduce pain, restore knee function, and regain their active lifestyles.

IT Band Syndrome Treatment Priorities

IT band syndrome is a condition in which the connective tissue running from the hip to the knee becomes inflamed, causing pain in the outer part of the kneecap and disruption of the IT band’s core functions. In many instances, the condition resolves itself with rest, elevation of the knee, and the use of ice packs. Persistent or recurring inflammation, however, usually requires a more formalized treatment plan. That plan should focus on three main priorities:

Reducing Inflammation and Pain.

IT band injuries can be extremely painful, with inflammation that can substantially impact mobility and range of motion in the knee. Treating those symptoms is a top priority and is usually achieved through the use of compression bandages, ice, rest, and other traditional pain relief methods. These symptom mitigation techniques are just part of the overall treatment process.

Stretching and Tissue Manipulation

To treat the root causes of IT band issues and promote recovery, any treatment plan should also focus on IT band syndrome stretches, as well as manual manipulation of tissue. Regular osteopathic manipulation stretching exercises can help to loosen tight tissue in the IT band and restore those tissues to a healthier, more relaxed state.

Exercises to Strengthen Key Muscles in the Leg

Since weakness in the glutes, hamstrings, thighs, and core can create imbalances that overload the IT band, the third major component of treatment should include strengthening exercises. By strengthening these areas, you can reduce the load on your IT band, and minimize the potential for recurring injuries. Your osteopath can recommend effective exercises to address these strength concerns.

The Role of Osteopathic Care

Osteopathic treatment can include manual manipulation of tissue, stretching and exercising regimens, posture corrections, and lifestyle recommendations that can facilitate recovery from injury and prevent future occurrences. In fact, osteopathic techniques are ideal for addressing long-term ITBS concerns and other types of runner’s knee.

How We Can Help

Dr. Leonid Tafler is an experienced New York City osteopath who has successfully treated many patients with long-term iliotibial band syndrome. His experience with this condition had provided him with unique insight into the best treatment strategies for managing pain, facilitating healing, and restoring patient quality of life.

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If you are suffering from long-term, chronic ITBS, contact us today to schedule your appointment for an examination and diagnosis. Dr. Tafler will work with you to create the right treatment plan to address your symptoms, expedite the healing process, and minimize the risk of future IT band injuries.

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Dealing with Long-Term ITBS Reviews

Margaret Sowa
Margaret Sowa
Hotel General Manager Brooklyn, NY

Through the years, every one treated by Dr. Tafler has had very positive and lasting results. I can't thank him enough for myself, my mom and for every dear person to my heart I sent to him. 🙂 Thank you Doctor! Words can't express what you've done and how many lives have changed. God bless you.

Boris Talis
Boris Talis
Four-time champion of the world in Sambo Combat. Black belt 6th Degree

I am a whole hardheartedly grateful to Dr.Tafler for this timely help in recovering the moving function of my shoulder joint. This helped me a win a gold medal and become the Champion of the world in Sambo combat in Greece 2012. I always tell my collegues and student to turn to the excellent and kind Dr. Leonid Tafler in case of any accident or injury.


Dr. Tafler started working with me though acupuncture, back adjustments and immediately I saw the progress and my pain was less and less with every visit to the doctor. I avoided a surgery thanks to Dr Tafler. I started to enjoy my life again. I am so thankful to the doctor, and have been recommending Dr Tafler to all my friends and coworkers who have back problems and other pains.

Thomas Rayder

Dr. Tafler recommended the OMT under anesthesia procedure. The procedure was performed and alleviated my pain immediately. I avoided surgery and have not had problems with my neck in 7 years now! I am so thankful to Dr. Tafler, the OMT under anesthesia procedure helped me so much!

Elizabeth Blend

Dr. Tafler took me in for a weekend to receive manipulation under anesthesia. Two weeks later I was able to walk without pain. I have been pain free since that moment until today, many years after initial treatment. Without his treatment I do not know if I would have been able to walk at all.

Hugo Barriga

Doctor Tafler, was my savior and there is not doubt he give me my back life; this OMT under anesthesia definitely recommend to everyone, this improve my back and relief a chronic pain. Try this before any aggressive treatment, this was over 5 years ago and I feel splendidly.


Two weeks ago I came to his office. He is a very nice and very pleasant man. I told him about a terrible pain in my back. He gave me two injections and I was able to walk a lot better. I felt myself at my twenties. When I went for the second treatment under anesthesia, I was running up the stairs at my church. All my friends got very happy for me. So, I believe, this man is a hero! If not him, I would not be able to walk!