People who walk or run a lot (especially those who may be carrying a little extra weight) may often deal with shin splints. The medical term for shin splints is Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome. It can be a painful ailment that bothers you any time you walk, run or jump. Most times you’ll feel it in the front of your shin along the tibia bone, but the condition can sometimes produce pain throughout the the lower leg area.
A shin splint happens when a certain tolerance is exceeded, usually a result of overuse. It occurs because the muscle tendons attached to the tibia become inflamed or damaged from being pushed too hard. If a shin splint is left untreated, it can lead to stress fractures in the bone. Icing is one way to treat the affected area. But sometimes rest is the best medicine, as it allows the inflammation to heal naturally. That can be difficult for people who want to walk or run every day to stay healthy. It’s a kind of catch-22.
Physical Therapy to Treat Shin Splints
Physical therapy can also be beneficial for treating shin splints. If you’ve tried rest and ice but the pain just won’t go away, you should see a physical therapist for more advanced treatments. A patient should see a doctor or physical therapist whenever conditions like these persist:
These signs may point to more serious and recurring problems that you will want to get properly diagnosed and treated by someone who can help you reduce inflammation and decrease the pain associated with persistent shin splints.
Shin Splint Prevention
If you are an active person who hasn’t necessarily dealt with shin splints or they aren’t too frequent, just know this condition can develop at any time if you keep pushing yourself physically. The good news is there are some steps you can take to help prevent shin splints from occurring:
CORE Shin Splint Treatment
If you need physical therapy to treat your recurring shin splints, CORE Physical Therapy is here to help. We can get you on a treatment plan that involves muscle stretching, a full gait and footwear analysis, physical activity modification and planning, and stretches/exercises that will increase your range of motion to prevent injuries like shin splints.
At CORE, we want you to stay active and healthy, so we want to help you say “goodbye” to shin splints and other debilitating injuries. Contact us today and let us know how we can help you enjoy a healthier active lifestyle.
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