Return to Running After an ITB Injury

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ITB Band Syndrome and Your Road to Recovery

Iliotibial band syndrome may be one of the most common injuries for runners, but it doesn’t usually have to end your running forever. In fact, most patients who suffer from an ITB injury can return to their running activities after proper treatment and recovery. The key to that return lies in combatting the injury at its source by getting the right therapy to expedite your healing.

Get the Right IT Band Syndrome Treatment

When it comes to treating IT band syndrome, it is important to focus on the right goals. Those include mitigating symptoms like inflammation, pain, and lost range of motion; osteopathic manipulation stretching exercise to help loosen the tightened tissue of the iliotibial band; and IT band syndrome exercises designed to strengthen key areas of the body.

Treating Symptoms

Because ITB injuries are painful and restrict normal movement, it is important to treat symptoms as well as the root causes. Treating these symptoms usually involves:

  • The use of ice packs and heat to reduce inflammation and swelling
  • Pain relief efforts that can include everything from medication to massage
  • It is important to suspend running and most rigorous activities to give tissue time to heal
  • Elevation of the knee

Reducing the Tightness in the IT Band

These injuries are caused by tightening of the iliotibial band, so effective treatment must also focus on dealing with that root cause. IT band stretches, manual manipulation, and similar therapies can be an effective way to help reduce tightness in those tissues. These treatments are conservative in nature, non-invasive, and highly effective for alleviating tightness and promoting the healing process.

Strengthening Muscles to Reduce the Load

Weakness in the hips, thighs, and core can contribute to imbalances that increase the load on the IT band. That overload can contribute to the irritation and tightening that causes IT band syndrome. Fortunately, those areas can be strengthened to help take stress off the IT band and reduce the risk of recurring injuries. There are specific IT band exercises that target those key areas of the body.

How Osteopathic Care Can Help Get You Running Again

A competent osteopath can provide the care you need to overcome IT band syndrome and return to running. In addition to treating pain and other symptoms, osteopathic care offers the noninvasive manual manipulation, stretching, strengthening, and other technique needed to aid in your quick recovery. For patients in New York City, Leonid Tafler, D.O. provides effective osteopathic care for runner’s knee and other painful conditions that impact normal activity and lifestyle.

Contact Us Today

If you are experiencing IT band syndrome symptoms, contact us today to schedule a convenient appointment time. Dr. Tafler will provide the examination and diagnosis you need, and work with you to develop the right osteopathic treatment plan to alleviate your pain and inflammation, expedite your body’s natural healing process, and help to get you up and running once again.

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Return to Running After an ITB Injury 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!