Runner’s Knee and Iliotibial Band Syndrome

What is runner's knee?

Pain and tenderness close to or under the kneecap at the front of the knee and surrounding area is caused by an injury called runner’s knee. Iliotibial band syndrome is pain on the outer side of the knee.

Both are overuse or repetitive strain injuries that can become chronic, or the result of trauma to the knee, misaligned bones, weak or imbalanced muscles or feet problems. They can occur together, but most knee pain is in the front of the knee.


Anti-inflammatory medication, orthotics and physical therapy are typical treatments, but severe cases may need surgery for any cartilage problems or if the position of the kneecap needs to be corrected.

Non-Surgical Orthopaedic Treatments

Some orthopaedic conditions are first treated with non-surgical procedures followed by surgery as the next step.

Orthopaedic Rehab

As one of the most extensive programs at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, our primary focus is to help patients build strength, mobility and endurance for a variety of orthopaedic conditions.


Sports Medicine

If you’ve had a sports-related injury or have a condition that’s keeping you out of the game, our sports medicine expert physicians and specialists are here to help you get back to doing the things you love.