Shin Pain & Injury
Article by John Miller
Most shin pain is the result of chronic overuse resulting in overloading the structures such as your bone, muscle and tendons.
Common Sources of Shin Pain
Shin pain or injury is a very common lower leg complaint in runners and other athletes who need to run within their sport eg football. Shin pain most commonly manifests itself as shin splints.
Shin splints are characterised 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 eg periosteal injury. 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 activity is resumed. There are two main types of shin splints: anterior and posteromedial.
Should shin splints progress they may eventually present as stress fractures, which will not only affect your sporting performance but interrupt your training plan. Most stress fractures require you to rest for at least six weeks so it is important to differentiate between the two injuries. While causes can vary, it is highly recommended that all shin pain sufferers are professionally examined to assess if any poor biomechanics, training schedules and/or dietary issues are predisposing you to shin injury.
Compartment syndrome or in its acute form - CECS (Chronic exertional compartment syndrome) is a condition where your circulation and soft tissue function are compromised by an increased pressure within a space. Acute compartment syndrome is an surgical emergency to prevent tissue death. Chronic compartment syndrome is reversible with good professional advice and injury management.
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Common Sources of Shin Pain & Injury
Shin Pain Treatment
At PhysioWorks, we have several our highly skilled physiotherapists with a special interest in shin pain and joint injury. Traditionally, most shin pain conditions have often been treated with only short-term aims in mind. e.g. rest or painkillers.
One of the differences that you'll notice with PhysioWorks treatment is the thorough analysis of WHY you actually have your shin pain, rather than only treating your symptomatic pain. We strongly believe that if you don't correct why you are vulnerable to shin pain then it is only a matter of time before your shin pain returns.
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.
Common Shin Pain Treatment Options
Please click the links below for more information about some of the Common Knee Treatments that we can recommend or utilise for your knee pain.
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