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A 26-year-old male asked:

My it band is so tight like a rock and now have knee pain and tingling sensation....what is this?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
IT Band: Wow, interesting. An L5 nerve problem may effect the tensor facia kata muscle and the itb as well as give you tingling and numbness. A hip problem sure as a labral injury can cause itb tightness and referred knee pain but not tingling or numbness. A lateral femoral cutaneous nerve problem can give you the sense of pain, tightness and tingling and numbness of the anterolateral thigh.
Dr. Kurt Morrison
19 years experience
The IT ban : The band starts at the hip and attaches on the outside of your tibia below the knee. A tight band can result in what is known as a runners knee where is rubs on the out side of the knee as it bends. If the tingling shoots all the way to your foot, you need to be evaluated for a pinched nerve.
Dr. Dann Byck
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
IT Band syndrome: It band friction syndrome is a common cause of lateral knee pain. But, it could be something else. Without an exam, it will be difficult to diagnose you. See an orthopedist.
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Dr. Jimmy Bowen commented
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
Or Physiatrist, or primary care sports medicine physician.
Mar 17, 2013
Last updated May 20, 2019


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