During the physical exam, a doctor checks for tenderness in the outer hip area as well as tightness of the iliotibial band (IT band), a thick tendon that runs from the hip down the outer thigh, attaching just below the knee. X-rays may be ordered if the doctor suspects that bony spurs (small growths of bone) or calcium deposits may be adding to the problem. A diagnostic ultrasound or an MRI may be ordered if the diagnosis isn't clear or if the patient doesn't improve with treatment.
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