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Arthrosc Tech. 2013 Dec 19;3(1):e57-60. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2013.08.015. eCollection 2014 Feb.

Arthroscopic treatment of iliotibial band syndrome.

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Plano Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Spine Center, Plano, Texas, U.S.A.


Lateral knee pain in athletes is commonly seen in the sports medicine clinic, and the diagnosis of iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome is frequently made. Although conservative management including rest from activity, equipment modification, oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug use, and physical therapy is the mainstay of treatment initially, refractory cases do exist. Multiple surgical techniques have been described including an arthroscopic technique. Arthroscopic release of the ITB attachment to the lateral femoral epicondyle and resection of the lateral synovial recess for recalcitrant ITB syndrome comprise a valid option that can have a good outcome. This option avoids the complications associated with open surgery and allows for a complete arthroscopic knee examination. Division or lengthening of the ITB band itself is not a necessary step in this technique.

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