A thorough evaluation by a physiotherapist will ensure that the cause of the injury is identified before treatment is prescribed.
Treatment may include any of the following: re-alignment, massage, mobilisation of the joints, or strengthening exercises.
Strapping can also be used to decrease pain and may speed up the recovery process.
A "simple" ITB injury can usually be cleared up within two or three treatments, with a follow-up rehabilitation programme to correct muscle imbalances. This may take longer if the injury has been persistent and left untreated. The body has a series of adaptive strategies that may complicate the diagnosis and treatment.
- It is unlikely that ITB will heal by itself.
- Rest alone will offer temporary relief, but the injury will return if the cause remains.
- Incorporate strength training.
- See your physiotherapist for treatment and advice.