Like most chronic ailments, ignoring IT band syndrome won’t resolve the condition. In fact, it’s likely to only get worse, as most issues do. In short order, low-level athletic activities such as walking or jogging, or even daily activities like bending or reaching, become increasingly painful. Mobility is compromised by the fear of pain.
In these situations, most people reach for low-level pain meds. But painkillers only cover up the pain temporarily. They don’t provide any long-term relief and are accompanied by complications, like the potential for addiction via the need for stronger ongoing doses. To truly address IT band syndrome, there needs to be a focus on resolving the source of pain.
Chiropractic could be an answer for sufferers of this ongoing inflammatory condition. Because IT band syndrome can be exacerbated by things like poor posture or spinal alignment issues, it a visit to Advanced Spine & Posture in Las Vegas, NV may yield insight into alleviating the condition.
The roots of IT band pain
Though it can affect anyone, IT band syndrome is most frequently seen in runners. The IT band is a fibrous ligament that stretches from the pelvis down to the lower leg. When tightened, it may rub against the femur (thigh bone), leading to inflammation or irritation.
Overexertion of the inflamed ligament sparks pain flare-ups, which can range in severity from moderately uncomfortable to downright debilitating. IT band syndrome is associated with the following symptoms:
- Pain on the outside of the knee;
- Sensitive trigger points of pain on the outside of the leg;
- Pain when running or walking;
- General weakness in the legs;
- Tightness or swelling from the hip to the knee.
There are numerous potential causes of IT band syndrome. Muscle imbalances due to poor posture or favor of a dominant side of the body may lead you overcompensate, stressing key muscle groups. Foot pronation or other tight leg muscles, such as hamstrings or quads, may also result in pain. Spinal dysfunction is another leading cause.
How to properly address IT band inflammation
Because IT band syndrome is almost always invariably caused by a biomechanical imbalance, visiting a chiropractor is a smart first step in addressing it.
Your chiropractor can help by first checking the lumbar spine for subluxations. These are often the root problem when it comes to pelvic or leg pain conditions. They can even be the cause of knee and ankle problems because of their ability to trigger instability. Structural and support issues rooted in the spine need to be addressed via a long-term solution.
The simplest way to alleviate an overburdening of the IT band is through spinal adjustments. Regular chiropractic appointments can ensure the lumbar spine remains properly supported, so the burden of bodyweight distribution isn’t shifted lower, to the buttocks, hips, hamstrings and legs. This will also support healing by increasing blood flow to previously affected areas of the lower body, lowering inflammation.
Depending on how long someone has been living with chronic pain and inflammation, range of motion exercises may be needed to help rebalance weakened areas of the lower body and recondition the lumbar spine.
Get back to living a healthy lifestyle
The first rule of running is to never try and run through the pain. And, if ice and elevation don’t help, you’d also be smart to keep away from the painkillers. Instead, consider how chiropractic may help quell your IT band pain.
The spinal experts at Advanced Spine & Posture in Las Vegas, NV can help you pinpoint what’s causing your inflammation and discomfort and may be able to help you resolve it holistically. Contact us today to learn more about the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program we use to help our patients get back on their feet and off running again.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.