What Are Shin Splints? | And How Are They Treated

What Are Shin SplintsShin splints are one of the most common complaints among active athletes like runners, tennis players, jumpers, dancers, and all those involved in any vigorous sports-related activities. So, what are shin splints and how and why do they keep on bothering the athletes.  

What Are Shin Splints? An Overview

Shin splints also known as “medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS)” refers to the pain felt anywhere along the inner border of the tibia (shin bone), where muscles attach to the bone. It is an injury which is often provoked by “overuse or misuse” of the muscles. Pain generating from the inside rear part or side of the shinbone is referred to as “medial shin splints”, while the pain felt on the front or anterior of the shinbone is known as an “anterior shin splints”.

Myotherapy for Dancers 2What Causes Shin Splints?

There can be multiple factors at work which can trigger shin splints, some of these factors include:

  • overpronation/overuse
  • flat feet
  • wearing the wrong running shoes
  • incorrect technique
  • excessive stress
  • running on hard surfaces

Symptoms Associated With Shin Splints

Let’s take a look at some of the symptoms associated with this disorder:

  • dull, aching pain along the shinbone
  • tenderness and soreness along the shinbone
  • inflammation
  • redness

What Are Shin SplintsEffective Treatment for Shin Splints

Both surgical, as well as non-surgical options, are available for the treatment of shin splints. The non-surgical treatment options include the use of:

  • rest
  • ice
  • compression
  • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • orthotics
  • proper footwear
  • corrective exercises
  • manual therapies

Under rare cases, surgery is required to treat shin splints and there is no clear evidence of the success rate of surgery.

Shin Splints – Prevention Tips

There are many things you can do at your end to reduce the risk of shin splints in the future:

  • don’t go too hard too fast – build your fitness levels slowly
  • wear the correct athletic shoes
  • if possible try using shock-absorbing orthotics in your shoes
  • perform stretching exercises on a regular basis
  • thoroughly warm-up before participating in any intense sports activities

If you are experiencing shin splints give us a call to book in for an assessment.

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