Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) is often confused with Runner’s Knee. Knowing the difference will ensure that you treat the right injury properly.
Location, location, location
ITBS: You feel pain on the outside of your knee.
Runner’s Knee: You feel stiffness over the front and inside of your kneecap.
Timing is everything
ITBS: Your knee hurts during long runs but goes away afterwards.
Runner’s Knee: It hurts at the beginning of a run, but it fades once you warm up.
Up or down
ITBS: The pain tends to be worse when going down stairs or hills.
Runner’s Knee: Becomes more painful when climbing stairs or hills.
ITBS: Deep knee bends aren’t painful
Runner’s Knee: Deep knee bends hurt.
So, which injury has struck you down?
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For more help with runner’s knee, click here.