Shin Splints Treatment

Shin splints are the common name for an overuse injury to the shin area. The clinical name is medial tibial stress syndrome.

Symptoms of Shin Splints

The main symptom of Shin Splints is marked tenderness alongside the inside border of the shinbone after activities like running. This can become pain felt upon running if you keep pushing through the problem. It can also develop an ache felt after the aggravating activity, especially at night, and stiffness in the shins and ankles that may last a few days after aggravation.

Causes

The problem is due to a stress reaction in the bone, connective tissue and muscle around the shin. The repetitive stress from activity overwhelms the body’s compensatory mechanisms. This triggers inflammatory change in the tissues and a stress response in the bone if it gets bad enough. Shin Splints often comes on at the beginning of a training program or during a shift upwards in the intensity of training.

Risk Factors

Some patients’ biomechanical foot postures are more prone to creating stress and these people may suffer more easily stirred up shin splints, or may suffer repeated episodes. Inappropriate footwear may play a part in triggering this condition too. Certain training regimes are linked with shin splints – like sprint training, or running downhill or for long periods on an uneven surface- e.g. the camber of a road.

Shin Splints and Osteopathy

An Osteopath will put you through a comprehensive professional assessment and create a tailored plan that will suit your situation and training needs, as well as apply some experienced hands on treatments designed to give you symptom relief in the mean time.

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