I think I have iliotibial band syndrome. Will a thigh compression sleeve or a pressure strap above my knee help prevent the pain I get from running?

Probably. It may spread out the strain to a wider area and reduce stress on the injured tissue.Please see your primary provider if this condition doesn't improve.
Iliotibial band synd. Treatment includes ice and anti-inflammatory medications. Any activity that requires repeated knee flexion and extension is prohibited. During treatment, the patient may swim to maintain cardiovascular fitness. If visible swelling or pain with ambulation persists for more than three days, try a steroid injection. Great illustrations at: http://www.Aafp.Org/afp/2005/0415/p1545.Html.

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