Pain on outer side of the thigh

The Iliotibial band is a strong, thick band of fibrous tissue that runs along the outside of the leg. It is attached to muscles in the buttock area and on the outer side of the hip and runs along the outer thigh and attaches on the outside edge of the shin bone (tibia) just below the knee joint. It is responsible for stabilising the thigh bone during weight-bearing activities such as walking and running. It is also involved in more dynamic movements such as moving the hip out to the side (abduction) and working with thigh muscles to help straighten and stabilise the knee. Occasionally the Iliotibial can become irritated and inflamed resulting in pain. This is a condition known as Iliotibial Band Syndrome or ‘Runners Knee’.

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