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    Bradley is offline Senior Member
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    Default How tight should the ITB be?

    I think I've got a light of tightness. When I lie down on my side, my whole outer thigh turns into an almost rigid sheet of tissue, especially if I bend my knee 90 degrees.

    I've foam rolled, but this seems to make it worse.

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    It hurts next to the knee or on the hip when it is too tight. The ITB gets tight when the stabilizers, the glutes, are not functioning properly. Start by stretching the glutes regularly. If necessary, begin to build them up after that does not work completely. If you have started running, this normally happens when you go over 19 miles a week, so cut back.

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    Bradley is offline Senior Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevie D View Post
    It hurts next to the knee or on the hip when it is too tight. The ITB gets tight when the stabilizers, the glutes, are not functioning properly. Start by stretching the glutes regularly. If necessary, begin to build them up after that does not work completely. If you have started running, this normally happens when you go over 19 miles a week, so cut back.
    I have never had any pain whatsoever associated with the ITB itself. But it feels rock hard when I do the thing described in my original post.

    I don't run. Almost ever. Except I did play some ultimate frisbee about 10 days ago, but I've been having problems for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradley View Post
    I have never had any pain whatsoever associated with the ITB itself. But it feels rock hard when I do the thing described in my original post.

    I don't run. Almost ever. Except I did play some ultimate frisbee about 10 days ago, but I've been having problems for years.
    So what is the problem?

    If it doesn't cause any issues, it's not too tight.
    "Make friends with pain, and you'll never be alone." -Ken Clouber

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    Bradley is offline Senior Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by green View Post
    So what is the problem?

    If it doesn't cause any issues, it's not too tight.
    I'm trying to figure out if it is causing issues. I don't have ITB pain. But I have pain and discomfort elsewhere whose cause has not been identified.

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