Iliotibial Band Syndrome Condition

Iliotibial band syndrome treatment focuses on osteopathic manipulation and other therapy techniques that loosen tight tissues, reduce pressure on nerves, alleviate pain, and promote faster natural healing.


Iliotibial Band Syndrome Treatment in New York City

Treatment for iliotibial band syndrome can include osteopathic manipulation and other techniques that reduce pressure on nerves, soothe tight tissue, and alleviate pain and accompanying symptoms.

What is Iliotibial Band Syndrome?

Iliotibial band syndrome is among the most commonly reported injuries for runners, cyclists, and occurs when the connective tissue (IT band) on the outside of the knee and hip becomes inflamed or overly tight. Because that band of tissues is responsible for movement and stability of the knee joint, patients can experience restricted range of motion and severe pain when they suffer this injury.

This band of tissue fibers runs from the top of the shinbone to the outside of the knee, thigh, and hip. When it experiences overuse – due to excessive running or other activities, the tissue can tighten or experience inflammation.

In most circumstances, surgery is unnecessary. IT band syndrome usually resolves itself with sufficient rest and effective treatment. Fortunately, osteopathic care can play an important role in that treatment, helping patients to manage pain symptoms, improve mobility, and expedite the natural healing process.

What Causes this Condition?

This condition is considered an overuse syndrome and is most commonly seen in long-distance runners and various other athletes. The problem occurs when the IT band stiffens due to overuse, creating friction when you bend your knee. That friction can cause swelling in the bursa fluid-sac that disrupts its ability to perform its function. As the IT band tissue and bursa inflame and swell, movement is restricted and that area of your knee can experience heightened pain.

Common causes can include:

  • Anatomical issues that make you more prone to IT band problems
  • Poor physical training habits
  • A lack of muscle flexibility
  • Improper posture and technique when running, cycling, or lifting weights

What Are the Symptoms of Iliotibial Band Syndrome?

The most common sign of IT band syndrome is pain on the outside of the knew. Other symptoms can include:

  • A snapping or popping noise around the knee
  • Swelling in the knee area
  • Needle-line stinging sensations along the knee
  • Inability to bend your knee without pain or discomfort
  • Increased muscle imbalance
  • Tightness in the legs or back, usually due to altered gait

Left untreated, these and other symptoms can gradually worsen. Patients are typically advised to suspend whatever activities caused the condition, to rest the tissues and allow the body to recover. Osteopathic care can help to expedite that recovery, while providing pain-relief and other symptom management.

How We Can Help

Knee pain can be both uncomfortable and disabling. That’s why we are committed to providing the osteopathic care you need to resolve painful knee conditions, improve mobility, and regain your lost quality of life. Dr. Leonid Tafler can provide the gentle, non-invasive treatment needed to help you lead a more pain-free life.


Knee Conditions

Knee conditions include tissue tears, inflammation, and tendon injuries that can cause pain, swelling, infection, loss of mobility and impaired range of motion.

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If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to get the care you need as soon as possible. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for an examination and diagnosis. Dr. Tafler will then work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that will get you back on the path to a full recovery.

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Iliotibial Band Syndrome Treatment 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!