IT Band Syndrome goes by many names: ITB Syndrome, ITBS, and Runner’s Knee to name a few. All of these aliases refer to tension and inflammation of the iliotibial band. Most cases I see present as lateral (outer) knee pain and most often the sport is running.
If you search the internet, ask your running partners, or ask most doctors or therapists you will most often get the following advice: RICE! In fact, the advice for most sports injuries is simply RICE. RICE is the age-old, fits-all wisdom of Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (and sometimes light stretching).
But is RICE really the best advice? [Read more…]