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Shin splints

Shin Splints

Shin Splints can be found in the front or side of the lower leg and are common in runners, footballers, netballers and other athletes who need to run or have high impact in their sports. People involved in causal running and long distant walking are also prone to Shin Splints.

What causes Shin Splints?

Most shin pain is a result of chronic overuse causing an overloading on the structures of the bones, muscles and tendons. Common causes also include:

  • Poor foot biomechanics
  • Inappropriate footwear
  • Increasing activity training too quickly
  • Running on hard or uneven surface
  • Reduced joint flexibility
  • Tight calf muscles and hamstrings
  • Lower limb muscle weakness

What are the symptoms?

  • Dull aching pain on the front or side of the lower leg
  • Pain can be in other muscle and shin
  • Tender to touch at the front or side of the lower leg
  • Tightness in muscles
  • Throbbing of the shins during and after activity
  • Can be found on one or both legs

How can Shin Splints be diagnosed?

Shin Splints can be diagnosed through medical history and a physical examination of the shins and surrounding muscles.

How can we help?

At complete Chiropractic our Sports Therapists can provide individual treatment and rehabilitation to suit your requirements. Along with hands-on treatment, they will also provide you with exercises and treatment that can be done at home. Treatment will help promote a speedy and safe recovery using series of treatments:

  • Ice Therapy
  • Soft Tissue Massage Therapy
  • Stretching exercises
  • Orthotic advice
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Taping

Benefits of Sports Therapy Treatment

  • Pain and inflammation reduction
  • Improvement in strength
  • Accelerated recovery time
  • Prevention of the injury reoccurring