Iliotibial band and hip pain are related when a tight or overdeveloped iliotibial band rubs across the point of the hip, causing snapping hip pain, states WebMD. Patients experience pain each time the hip flexes. Cyclists, runners and other physically active people develop the condition, known as illotibial band syndrome.
The illotibial band, a band of fibrous tissue, runs down the outside of the thigh, stabilizes the hip and knee, and helps to keep them from dislocating, explains WebMD. Pain symptoms of illotibial band syndrome typically subside with rest and disappear when the band stretches and regains flexibility. Medicines relieve swelling and pain, and steroid injections ease discomfort in tender areas.