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Ilea-Tibial (IT) Band Injury & Tear

If you stand with your hands at your side, the ilea-tibial band is a thick, long sheet of fibrous tissue running from about where the base of your palm meets your leg, down past your fingers to the outside (lateral) part of your knee. Its job of stabilizing your knee means that overuse can inflame this band, leading to diffuse pain on the outside of your knee. Many sufferers report pain that becomes sharper and more focused in one area as it gets worse, and that running downhill is especially aggravating. Strengthening nearby muscles and exercise moderation can relieve the pain, but some people develop chronic inflammation and even tears that leave the outside of the knee swollen, painful, and treatable only by surgical intervention.