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Promising results from athroscopic surgery for IT band syndrome

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Michels F, Jambou S. The iliotibial band syndrome treated with an arthroscopic technique in 40 patients. ScienceMED. 2011;2:179–184.
Tags: surgery, classics, knee, IT band pain, running, etiology, treatment, leg, limbs, pain problems, overuse injury, injury, exercise, self-treatment, tendinosis, pro

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This is an update of a 2009 report (Michels) on a new surgical procedure for IT band syndrome: treating it by cleaning out irritated tissue from a small area under the IT band on the side of the knee, instead of cutting the IT band to loosen it. “Thirty-six patients (38 knees) had good or excellent results. All patients went back to sports after 3 months.” This compares extremely favorably with the conventional open surgery (i.e. Drogset et al). Not only are these promising results, but they have fascinating implications about the causes of IT band syndrome. For detailed analysis, see Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome!

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The iliotibial band syndrome(ITBS) is an overuse injury mainly affecting runners. The initial treatment is conservative. Only, in recalcitrant cases surgery is indicated. Several open techniques have been described. Newer studies question the pathogenesis of the ITBS. Based on these findings a new technique was developed.

Forty athletes(42 knees) with a resistant ITBS were treated with a standardized arthroscopic technique, limited to the resection of the lateral synovial recess.

Thirty-six patients (38 knees) had good or excellent results. All patients went back to sports after 3 months.

Our results show that arthroscopic treatment of resistant ITBS is a valid option with a consistently good outcome. In addition, this arthroscopic approach allows excluding or treating other intra-articular pathology.

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