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Iliotibial Band Syndrome Workup

  • Author: Jerold M Stirling, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
Updated: Oct 21, 2015

Laboratory Studies

No specific laboratory tests are required in the workup of ITBS.


Imaging Studies

Initially, radiographic studies are not indicated if the working diagnosis is completely consistent with ITBS. Radiographs are almost always negative. If the patient's history and physical are not consistent with the diagnosis of ITBS or the patient's response to treatment is unsatisfactory, radiographs are required. In some patients, the practitioner may elect to obtain radiographs on the first visit or before the athlete resumes competition.

Contributor Information and Disclosures

Jerold M Stirling, MD Interim Chairman of Pediatrics, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Orthopedics, Departments of Pediatrics and Orthopedic Surgery, Loyola University Medical Center

Jerold M Stirling, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Pediatrics

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Pietro Tonino, MD Director of Sports Medicine, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Loyola University Medical Center

Pietro Tonino, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Association, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Chicago Medical Society, Illinois State Medical Society, Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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Timothy D Marsho, DO Pediatrician

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Specialty Editor Board

Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

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Chief Editor

Craig C Young, MD Professor, Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Community and Family Medicine, Medical Director of Sports Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

Craig C Young, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Phi Beta Kappa

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Additional Contributors

Leslie Milne, MD Assistant Clinical Instructor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harvard University School of Medicine

Leslie Milne, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American College of Sports Medicine

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The Ober test.
This illustration demonstrates active stretching of the iliotibial band (ITB). The athlete stands a comfortable distance from a wall and, with the contralateral knee extended, leans the proximal shoulder against the wall to stretch the ipsilateral ITB.
This illustration demonstrates iliotibial band syndrome stretching that is performed in a side-lying position.
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