Shin Pain & Injury

Alex Clarke Ashgrove Physiotherapist

Article by Alex Clarke

Shin pain or injury is a very common lower leg complaint that usually manifests itself as shin splints

Shin Pain

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. It is especially common among people involved in athletic pursuits such as running and walking, although non athletic activities such as standing all day at work can also lead to shin splints. 

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.

However, should shin splints progress they may eventually present as stress fractures, which will not only affect your sporting performance but interrupt your training plan. 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.

Another type of overuse injury affecting your shin area is compartment syndrome (also known as chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS).

Shin Pain & Injury

  • Calf Muscle Tear
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Cramps
  • DOMS - Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
  • Muscle Strain
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Sciatica
  • Shin Splints
  • Stress Fracture
  • Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy
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    Common Shin Pain Treatments

  • Early Injury Treatment
  • Avoid the HARM Factors
  • What to do after a Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprain?
  • Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
  • Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises
  • Active Foot Posture Correction Exercises
  • Gait Analysis
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Balance Enhancement Exercises
  • Proprioception & Balance Exercises
  • Agility & Sport-Specific Exercises
  • Medications?
  • Heel Cups
  • Orthotics
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Walking Boot
  • Brace or Support
  • Electrotherapy & Local Modalities
  • Heat Packs
  • Joint Mobilisation Techniques
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Neurodynamics
  • Prehabilitation
  • Running Analysis
  • Strength Exercises
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Supportive Taping & Strapping
  • TENS Machine
  • Video Analysis
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    Last updated 01-Mar-2016 06:57 PM

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