Shin splints are injuries to the front of the outer leg which seem to result from inflammation due to injury to the tendon and adjacent tissues in the front of the outer leg.

Shin splints is an “overuse injury”  occurring  most commonly in runners or aggressive walkers.

Here are the top five reasons that athletes suffer from Shin Splints:

1) Training Methods: When you disobey the very important rule of “The Terrible Toos” and train Too much, Too fast, Too soon, Shin Splints are likely to appear.

2) Training Surfaces: Training on hard or uneven surfaces especially if you have never done this type of training before can cause that awful pain to surface.

3) Muscle Dysfunction and Inflexibility: Biomechanical abnormalities such as muscle imbalances and misalignments are a major cause of this annoying problem.

4) Shoe Selection:  There is plenty of mis-information as to what is the best shoe for a particular athlete doing a particular activity. Improper shoe selection is one of the most common causes of Shin Splints, and choosing the correct shoe is one of the easiest ways to get on the path to recovery.

5) Biomechanics of Running:  Improper technique or form when running is a major cause of Shin Splints.  The biggest factor that I see in my clinic is that in almost every case, Shin Splints sufferers are not using their Gluteal muscles in a correct way.  That’s right….your butt can cause your Shin Splints.  Who knew!

How are shin splints treated?

Previously, two different treatment management strategies were used: total rest or a “run through it” approach. The total rest was often an unacceptable option to the athlete! The run through it approach was even worse. It often led to worsening of the injury and of the symptoms.

For best results, complete rest from activity and a series of physical therapy treatments with Procuro Physical Therapy Clinic.  Deep Tissue sports massage will help lengthen the soft tissue of the front and back lower leg, promoting blood flow, boosting elasticity and strengthening the muscle so they can cope with intense workouts.  The patient can help this process along by icing the area of pain, and performing lower leg muscle stretches advised by your Physical Therapist.  This ensures a faster healing process which in turn will get the athlete back to training as quickly as possible.

I’ve been helping athletes for close to 9 years to cure Shin Splints and go back to their sport pain free and stronger than before

…and I can help you too!”

Remember: Untreated shin splints can be very slow to heal and may lead to a stress reaction mid-shaft in the tibia (shin bone), which may eventually cause a stress fracture. A stress fracture can be diagnosed by X-Ray or an MRI and takes much longer to heal than shin splints.  Don’t let your fitness be hindered this early in your training programme!

Happy Training!

Lorraine