Iliotibial band syndrome

Case contributed by Dr Sameh Saied Ali


Male football player, complaining of lateral knee pain for two months. No history of traumatic injury.

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Male

Abnormal signal intensity presenting low signal in the T1WI and high signal in the PDFS images is seen involving the fatty tissues between the iliotibial band the lateral femoral condyle. 

Small joint effusion is also seen. 

Case Discussion

Iliotibial band syndrome is a condition that is resulted from repetitive bending of the knee during physical exercise such as running or cycling (our patient is a football player).

The patient complains of non-traumatic lateral knee pain especially during bending of the knee, which begins a short time after starting the physical activity.

The case is managed by rest, application of ice and anti-inflammatory medications. Electrotherapy and ultrasound may be also used to treat the condition.   

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Case information

rID: 65638
Published: 19th Jan 2019
Last edited: 21st Jan 2019
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