Shin pain is a common complaint among athletes, particularly in distance runners.
Shin pain are characterized by pain in the front or side of the lower leg, particularly near the shin and often involve small tears of the leg muscle near the shin bone or injury to the bone itself. It is especially common among people involved in athletic pursuits such as running and walking.
Symptoms include tightness, tenderness on palpation of the edge of the shin bone (tibia) and throbbing of the shins during and after activity. The symptoms often disappear at rest then return as soon as the activity is resumed
Common Shin Injuries
Medial tibial periostitis
Calf Muscle Tear
Popliteal Artery Entrapment
Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome
What Causes Common Shin Injuries?
The pain associated with shin splints results from excessive amounts of force on the shin bone and the tissues attaching the shin bone to the muscles surrounding it. The excessive force causes the muscles to swell and increases the pressure against the bone, leading to pain and inflammation.
Shin splints can also result from stress reactions to bone fractures. The constant pounding can cause minute cracks in the bones of the leg. The body can repair the cracks if given time to rest. However, if the body doesn’t get time to rest, the tiny cracks can result in a complete fracture or a stress fracture.
Common Treatments for Shin Pain & Injury
Research findings have modified modern physiotherapy treatment approaches to shin pain. Together with a thorough knee and lower limb assessment, your treatment can progress quickly to get you pain-free and performing your normal sport or daily activities in the shortest time possible. In our physiotherapy center we might use some of the following to fix your problem: