Posted: 12th August 2019
Posted in: News
How can physiotherapy help Shin Splints
Shin splints, also known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) is an exercise induced pain along the tibia (shin bone). Shin splints are a common overuse injury, especially within sporting and military populations. Shin splints are caused by a repetitive loading stress within the muscular compartments of the lower leg during activities such as running and jumping. The American Medical Associated (AMA) define shin splints as “pain and discomfort in the leg from repetitive running on hard surfaces or forcible, excessive use of the foot flexors”.
When to seek help:
It is important to seek assistance when pain limits you from your regular activity. Your physiotherapist will help to rule out other more sinister conditions such as stress fractures and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Therefore, your physiotherapist will help to make an accurate diagnose based on a thorough history and physical examination. This may involve screening you for some of the known risk factors listed below:
Treatment for shin splints is based around graded exposure to activity, correction of underlying overload factors and education on how to prevent further episodes. Treatment can be broken down into the following two phases:
Acute phase: aim is to relieve symptoms
Subacute phase: aim is to resolve the underlying cause and return to pain-free activity. This may include
What to do now?
If you or a loved one is suffering from suspected MTSS, give us a call at Generation Physio. We have a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to changing the lives of our clients. All our of clinicians are mobile and come to your own home to conduct an examination. Call us on 1300 122 884 to book a consultation today.
Article written by Mia Pinchin
Physiotherapist – Gold Coast & Northern NSW
Mia is a Gold Coast local and graduated from Bond University on the Gold Coast. She completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science in 2016 before going on to complete her Doctorate of Physiotherapy in 2019. During her study, Mia was exposed to a wide variety of clinical specialties including cardiorespiratory, orthopaedics, musculoskeletal, neurological rehabilitation, and geriatrics. Mia has a special interest in musculoskeletal and vestibular physiotherapy.