What is a Fasciotomy (Iliotibial Band Release)?
Iliotibial (IT) band tightness is a common problem for athletes and individuals who partake in running and sports that involve the hip joint. When the IT band is tight, irritation and snapping within the area can occur. This snapping is caused by the tight IT band rubbing over the bony prominence on the outside of the hip known as the greater trochanter. Patients who have ITB snapping syndrome, or a tight IT band, will experience pain on the outside of their hip. This condition will continue to get worse if it is not addressed with rest, stretching, or therapy and can lead to bursitis or other more serious conditions. In Austin, Round Rock, and Cedar Park, Texas communities patients requiring a surgical IT band treatment, Dr. Jeff Padalecki, hip surgeon, may recommend a fasciotomy (iliotibial band release).
Dr. Padalecki will usually focus treatment efforts using a non-operative approach of physical therapy, strengthening exercises, rest, and ice. Local injections can be used to calm the inflammatory process in the area. Patients that do not respond to non-operative measures or have reoccurring cases of trochanteric bursitis and IT band irritation may be candidates for arthroscopic hip surgery.