I suffered really bady with this last summer and it took 3 months for me to get it under some sort of control. Chiropractic treatment, stretching, icing and orthotics all helped me to keep it under control. I do still suffer with some tension in my left ITB but I stretch every day and I try to make sure I don't overtrain.
I suffered from this some years ago. It was really sore where the ITB crossed over the outside of my knee, where it had probably caused a painful inflamed bursa. My only treatment was STRETCHING, several times a day, trying to lengthen the ITB to the extent that it relieved the pressure on the outside of the knee. In a couple of weeks it was OK and I could run normally again.
I suppose you've got to look at the cause too. Badly worn shoes can cause it, especially if you're a supinator, or running on roads with a camber. I never did find out what caused mine!
PS. The classic ITB stretch is: Sitting on the floor, bend your injured leg and place the foot on the outer side of your other knee. Gently press your injured knee over the other leg with the opposite elbow. Hold for a count of six, relax, and repeat six times.
I have recently come across a treatment called the Bowen Technique. It is essentially a holistic treatment but seems to be good at sorting out running injuries and their causes. It sorted out a hamstring problem for me. If you google it you will find a therapist in your area
Thanks for the stretches Foxy. I'm a neutral foot and my trainers are new. Also i have had problems with pain at the knee, but this is at the hip which is a worry as usually injuries at the start of a muscle invariably take longer to heal.
Ten minute run today and it started to hurt. Trouble is I'm competing in a Triathlon at the weekend, luckily only a 5k run.
I will look at the Bowan Technique you mentioned Edward, thanks.
I've been having the same ITB problems and have been treating it using a hand held massager. I use it every time I get home after a jog and it works wonders! The one I bought comes with its own dvd to show you how to treat specific problems with joints and ligaments etc, so it was really easy to use. Here's the link where I bought it if you want to find out more.
As with most injuries, the cause of your ITB problem is likely to differ from others with the same problem. I'd advise seeing a physio because of this. For instance, when I started running I had ITB problems with both legs, I stretched regularly and messaged and did everything else, it wasn't till I saw the physio who suggested I changed the way I sat and with a few other exercises the problem was gone within a week!