Hip Strengthening to Treat ITBS

Tatum B. Komlodi, Mason B. Chick, Matthew O'Brien

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Introduction: Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) is a condition where friction of the iliotibial band against the lateral condyle of the knee causes pain. Traditional treatment is considered a combination of myofascial foam rolling and stretching.

Methods: The literature was searched for best evidence determined by the CEBM levels of evidence scale. Two authors ran inclusion and exclusion criteria through databases to find suitable studies. PubMed, Science Direct, and Trip were searched for studies the investigated the effect of hip strengthening on ITBS compared to stretching.

Results: Fifty-one relevant studies were found from the search and two randomized control trials and a systematic review met the inclusion and exclusion criteria. The two randomized control trials met the purpose of the topic and were included in the critically appraised topic.

Conclusion: There is moderate evidence that supports the use of hip strengthening in the treatment of ITBS. Based on the current research, there is evidence that suggests it is the most effective to use a combination of traditional stretching and myofascial techniques such as massage and foam rolling with the addition of hip strengthening exercises.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 16 Feb 2024
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Research Week 2024
- Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa, United States
Duration: 13 Feb 202417 Feb 2024


Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Research Week 2024
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  • iliotibial band syndrome
  • ITBS
  • hip strengthening


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