Shin Splints

Shin Splints From Running

How Shin Splints Occurs?

Shin splints is the medical name for the sharp pain or swelling of the inner side of the shin bone (talus). Shin splints can be caused by injury to the lower limb in many ways including overuse, micro-trauma, stress, strain or trauma to the ligament (such as a tear), or the abnormal growth of bone in the area.

It is also possible to develop a form of arthritis, although this is rare in people younger than 50 years of age.

Shin splints usually occur in athletes and people who perform high repetition or long distance exercises without warming up adequately prior to exercising.

Shin Splints Treatment

Shin splints treatment are effective and the first step is to identify and eliminate the known cause. For example, if it has been found that you are suffering from shin splints due to overtraining, then you should reduce your exercise load until the pain disappears.

If all other factors have been ruled out, your physiotherapist will probably recommend physiotherapy to help reduce the impact of the training on the ligaments and muscles.

One of the key ways of treating shin splints involves physiotherapy designed to strengthen the muscles around the knee, ankles and lower legs, as well as stretching the tightness in the calf muscles. This usually takes the form of massage, manual stimulation and ultrasound therapy.

Manual therapy for shin splints usually consists of working on the muscles, tendons and ligaments that are involved in the formation of the joint, and then strengthening these areas through stretching and direct pressure.

Ultrasound therapy is used to help soothe the muscles and increase the circulation in the area, while Manual Stimulation is used to try and reduce any inflammation or pain by applying steady pressure to the affected area.

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How Long It Takes To Recover From Shin Splints?

Shin splints often go away once the legs have had time to heal, usually in three to four weeks. Most people can resume an exercise program after their legs have healed. It takes longer to recover from a stress fracture, so shin splints treatment is best when it’s done early.

Shin Splints Treatment & Appointment

If you want to book an appointment to start your recovery process, please contact our physiotherapy clinic in Burlington. We will book your initial visit with one of our knowledgeable physiotherapists.

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