Accessibility View Close toolbar

The "Weakly" Muscle - The ITB (Iliotibial Band)


A muscular origin where 25% comes from the TFL and 75% comes from the Glute Max.  It courses down the lateral aspect of the thigh and also originates on the ilium (hip crest)


The lateral condyle of the tibia.  This is the bony projection just inferior to the knee.  


This is a thick fibrous reinforcement of the TFL.     


In the picture on the left you can see the “X’s.”  These mark the areas where trigger points can be located. The red stippled area is the area where pain can be referred.  This structure doesn't technically have trigger points so the deeper structure just beneath the ITB (Vastus Lateralis) is shown and it can cause hip pain, glute pain, thigh pain, knee pain, and calf pain.


THIS IS NOT A MUSCLE and therefore does not have specific trigger points associated with it. When someone foam rolls the “ITB” they are truly foam rolling the Vastus Lateralis which is the most lateral (outside of the leg) Quad muscle or the Biceps Femorus which is the most lateral head of the hamstring muscle.  That is why the picture on the left shows the trigger points for the Vastus Lateralis and Hamstring.  Since the ITB is a very thick fibrous ligament type structure, it is very unlikely that you could ever loosen it or make it longer.  If you have to perpetually foam roll in order to keep yourself from having pain, maybe there is another option.  Figure out why it continues to get tight.  How would you do that you ask?  That’s what we are for.  We’ll test you and get to the bottom of things.  


We look forward to hearing from you

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Primary Office


9:00 am-7:00 pm


9:00 am-7:00 pm


By Appt. Only


9:00 am-7:00 pm


9:00 am-7:00 pm


8:00 am-12:00 pm




Find us on the map


Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "Thanks to True Sports Care for always taking care of me when I come home, helping me stay healthy!"

Featured Articles

Read about interesting topics

  • Chiropractic and Breech Babies During Pregnancy

    If you are experiencing back pain during your pregnancy or have a breech pregnancy, chiropractic can help. ...

    Read More
  • Natural Remedies for Sciatic Pain

    Do you experience sciatica pain? Both chiropractic care and at-home remedies can help alleviate that pain in a natural way. ...

    Read More
  • Chiropractic Care For Pets

    You know how chiropractic can help you, but what about your pets? ...

    Read More
  • Should I Use Heat or Ice for Pain?

    When you're feeling pain, sometimes it's difficult to determine if heat or ice will treat that pain best. This article will help you learn which is best for different types of injuries and pain. ...

    Read More
  • Should I Use Ice or Heat for Pain?

    Did you hurt your knee during an intense game of pick-up basketball this weekend? Or do you deal with chronic pain? Learn whether you should apply heat or ice for particular kinds of pain. ...

    Read More
  • Relationship with Self

    The relationship you have with yourself and the journey to self-understanding is an important part of your overall wellness. ...

    Read More
  • Indoor Activities and Exercises

    Are you preparing for the winter months or looking for exercises to do when you can't make it to the gym? Follow these exercises to maintain a healthy fitness routine. ...

    Read More
  • Holiday Stress - Take a Deep Breath

    Most of us pay little attention, if any, to the daily functioning of our many physiological systems. Our hearts beat, our digestive systems digest, and our various hormones, such as those deriving from the thyroid gland, adrenal gland, and pancreas, do what they do. It's all good... until it's not. ...

    Read More
  • Proper Overindulgence Over the Holidays

    Proper Overindulgence Over The Holidays The term "overindulgence" is probably best assessed as a red flag, especially with respect to consistent overconsumption of high-calorie comfort food and desserts during the holiday season. An overall healthier perspective could be described as "indulgence" regarding ...

    Read More
  • The 5 Senses

    The 5 Senses The five senses, that is, the sense of sight, touch, hearing, taste, and smell, provide us with necessary information regarding the world around us.1 These precious capabilities enable us to navigate our environment with seemingly instantaneous feedback with reference to our actions and ...

    Read More

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up for more articles