Although many runners don’t like to hear it, the most effective treatment for IT Band Syndrome is rest. If the pain is ignored and the running schedule remains unchanged, there is a chance the pain can become chronic.
Other common ways to relieve pain at home include proper stretching before and after a run, ice packs, heat pads, topical cortisone cream, massage and anti-inflammatory over-the-counter medication.
If these methods are not providing relief, it is advisable to consult a sports medicine specialist.Your specialist may prescribe cortisone injections to help the IT Band Syndrome pain dissipate.
In rare cases when none of these treatment methods have provided relief, surgery may be required if patients wish to return to their sport or active lifestyle without pain or compromise. Typically, surgery is minimally invasive and uses an arthroscope to clean and / or resect (cut out) the part of the IT band causing pain. Recovery takes several weeks and a follow up with the surgeon is required.