Shin Splints

Shin Splints Can Be Extremely Debilitating!

They can be extremely painful…

They can make you have to stop running…

They can be very persistent…

Unless you understand what is going on any why!

What are Shin Splints anyway?

Shin splints being an umbrella term for pain along the shin, much like “sciatica” of the lower back/hip.

True shin splints or also known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) is where the pain comes along the front/inside of the shin bone. 

It is a bone stress injury.

The bone and the sheath around the bone are undergoing to much stress and resulting in pain.

At first it may only become apparent when starting off on your run/exercise and will ease off when you stop the bout of exercises.

If however left ignored and untreated it may become a continuous pain, and lead to a stress fracture along the back of that tibial bone.

So, there is nothing to be gained from the “Ah I’ll run it off” approach in this case. 

Often times people can think they have Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome but that not may be the case. There can be similar issues going on in this area, such as:

  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Stress Fractures
  • Deep Calf Tendinopathies
  • Nerve Entrapments

This is why a thorough assessment is paramount. 

Knowing what exactly is going on and why it is going on is key!

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What Is This Happening To Me?

Finding out what the cause of the issue is even more important than the issue itself. The most common causes we see are:

  • Reduced Ankle Mobility
  • Overpronation
  • Poor Running Technique
  • Muscle Weakness (these need to be tested to check which ones are)
  • Hip Tightness

Most Self Treatment Fails When It Comes To This One

We Can Help!

We will listen to your story, your injury history and also your body.

We will go through a thorough assessment, everything from a basic injury history, to a specific movement analysis.

This is where the nitty gritty comes in on our part, so that we can help you help yourself and guide you through your rehabilitation process to reach your goals – be that running a marathon, or getting back to 5-aside football.

It might be something simple as we may need to guide your progression from doing little to no training to running a 5km.

Or it might involve a combination of hands on release of structures, advice on training loads, equipment advice and perhaps changing your training regime to allow for healing.

Shin Splints Holding You Back?

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