Shin Splints Treatment
What are shin splints?
Shin splints is an umbrella term for a condition where muscles, tendons, and/or bones that run between the knee and ankle become inflamed and start hurting. It’s important to differentiate between the different types of shin splints, as the various painful conditions of the lower legs are often misdiagnosed.
Medial tibial stress syndrome
Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, is a relatively uncommon overuse injury where the interosseous membrane, or dense fascia, separating the tibia and fibula (shin bones), becomes torn or inflamed as a result of previous ankle injury or repetitive physical activity.
More commonly and often misdiagnosed conditions of the lower leg are when muscles, tendons, and bones that support the lower leg, specifically tibialis posterior and soleus, become inflamed. Slight tears and minor strains of the tissues that surround the shin, along with inflammation of the shin bone itself, are often the result of repetitive physical activity, such as running, leading to aches and sharp pain around the shin.
There are several tissues that may be the site of injury in shin splints. Pain is usually present on either the front or behind the shin. The muscle on the outside of the shin, known as the tibialis anterior, is a common source of pain. Its primary function is bringing the toes toward the shin (“dorsiflexion”) and it provides a lot of support during walking and running motions.
In rare cases, the interosseous membrane, or dense fascia that separates the shin bones, may also become torn and inflamed.
What causes shin splints?
Shin splints may be caused by previous leg injuries or from repetitive and chronic overuse. For example, training for long-distance running and marathons for several hours every day may cause shin splints and pain in the legs.
Other activities may include dancing, military training, running sports like soccer and basketball, a new workout routine, an increase in your workout intensity, and others.
What are other conditions that are often misdiagnosed as shin splints?
- Compartment syndrome
- Tibialis Anterior Strain
- Tibialis Posterior Strain
- Peroneal Strain
- Stress Fracture
Does Tangelo treat people with shin splints?
At Tangelo Health, we achieve excellent results with our shin splints treatment through our unique approach of combining manual therapy and movement training to get you out of shin pain fast!
By utilizing manual and instrument-assisted therapy techniques to address the tissues around the shin, we make sure the affected area is healing properly to get you out of pain as quick as possible. But, that’s only half of the equation, as we have to treat the root cause, not just the symptoms.
After treatment, you’ll perform corrective exercises as part of your personalized rehab program. It’s these functional movements that unwind compensation patterns, correct movement dysfunction, and retrain your body (and brain) how to move properly to prevent further and future injury.
How can Tangelo Help Treat my shin splints?
At Tangelo, we don’t just focus on the obvious symptoms. We work hard to figure out what caused the problem in the first place. Our process begins with a comprehensive movement assessment to evaluate your legs, as well as your gait patterns, balancing, and lifting mechanics.
Our doctors use leading-edge manual therapy techniques to address the tight tissues around the shin and adjacent areas, which are likely adding to the movement restriction around the leg. These manual therapy techniques alleviate pain and provide a window of opportunity to improve movement patterns and balance of strength.
Our rehab specialists instruct targeted corrective exercises and functional movements to enhance your ability to squat, lunge, jump, and run without discomfort. By improving the strength of your legs, glutes, lateral hip stabilizers, and achieving foot and ankle stability, we’ll teach you how to move in efficient ways and perform a variety of movements so your shins work properly. This comprehensive approach will make sure you get out of pain, stay out of pain, and go back to doing the sport or activities you love ASAP!
If you are experiencing shin splints, or any type of leg pain, we’d be happy to see you at one of our clinics in Seattle (Fremont, Green Lake, West Seattle) or Portland (Slabtown). You can schedule an appointment online or call the location most convenient for you. Book today and get a free examination!
What some of our clients have to say
I injured my foot a year ago running on a trail and had to stop running. Eventually, my ankle got so bad that I couldn't even walk to the bus in the morning to go to work. This is when I decided to go into Tangelo. I'm actually really glad that I got injured because not only did they help me with my injury, but basic balance and strength training as a whole. After a few weeks, I was even able to run again!
I haven't felt this good in years and I highly recommend anyone with an injury check it out, they'll blow you away.
My story starts 4 years ago when I had posterior tibial tendinitis that plagued me for 3 years. I had 3 cortisone shots in my ankle, multiple rounds of PT and in/out of a boot for months. Not to fault the 3 different doctors I saw, but they they were all treating the symptoms of the ankle.
It wasn't until I visited Dr. Kaylie at Tangelo did she sought out what was actually causing the tendinitis through a whole-body analysis. I've not only been able to get back into running, but I'm just a few weeks away from my first ever marathon.
Dr. Kaylie is my "Miracle Worker" and I'm forever grateful.
Other common conditions
Lower back pain and low back issues can occur suddenly, or can develop slowly over time. Chronic pain in the low back can result from disc injuries such as herniations or ruptures, joint problems, and irritated or inflamed nerves.
Shoulders conditions we treat include acute injuries such as rotator cuff tears and sprains, as well as chronic pain resulting from impingements, tendonitis and arthritis.
Knee pain can result from acute injuries, muscle imbalance, and repetitive-use injuries. Common conditions include Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, and IT band syndrome. Knee pain can be a symptom of related issues in the hips and ankles.
Foot & Ankle Pain
Conditions in the lower leg, foot and ankle include acute injuries such as sprains and strains, as well as chronic conditions such as plantar fasciitis and shin splints.
The muscle and ligaments of the neck connect the head, shoulders and back. Neck pain can result from poor posture, muscle imbalance, and injury. Often, neck pain is related to other interconnected muscle groups.
Elbow pain can be related to a number of conditions. Elbow tendonitis, or Tennis Elbow, is a common condition caused by inflammation and injury to the tendons. Overuse injuries and repetitive hand, wrist, or arm movements often cause elbow pain.
Tangelo treats conditions involving the body’s muscular and skeletal systems. Our hybrid approach was created to treat muscle, soft tissue, bone and joint conditions.
We provide service for muscle sprains and strains, repetitive-stress injuries, athletic injuries, acute injuries and chronic conditions.