The iliotibial band runs behind the thighbone before reaching the knee joint. With the bursa's help, the iliotibial band ensures that the leg can be extended and bent without harming the knee joint. If this area of the body gets overworked without proper stretching or rest, inflammation will start developing. It is often tough to notice any symptoms when this inflammation first starts to occur. Once the iliotibial band and bursa stay inflamed for a long period, patients start to notice swelling around the knee joint. This knee swelling will only go away with decreased activity and proper medical treatment.
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