What are Shin Splints?
‘Shin splints’ is a term common with runners and walkers alike. Shin splints is very common and term used for overuse syndromes with the anterior muscles of the lower leg. These muscles are involved in movements of the ankle and foot, mainly dorsiflexion, along with some inversion. During repetitive instances of use, or trauma such as endurance running, the fibers and fascia of these muscles become fibrotic. Like every muscle in the body, they are anchored into bones to provide leverage during action. Specifically, these muscles are anchored into the periosteum of the Tibia (shin bone). If there is tension or adhesions with the muscles of the anterior lower leg, they will continuously pull against the Tibia, or more commonly known as the shin bone. After episodes of repetitive use and during the recovery and healing phase, the soft tissue will become fibrotic and with further use, they will lose the ability to lengthen properly, resulting in further progressive symptoms in/around the Tibia that is known as shin splints.
Symptoms for Shin Splints
Usually a person will present with a gradual onset of dull/achy anterior shin pain around their Tibia/Shin bone after an increase or change in exercise intensity. This is usually more noticeable at the beginning of specific workouts becoming more intense or sharp, and occur at the end of certain activities. Symptoms can usually also be recreated with direct touch to the anterior aspect of one’s shin. It can also be noted that one may have a difficulty running with proper form due to the pain experienced in/around the anterior shin.
Treatment for Shin Splints
WWe take into consideration all aspects of the human body in a dynamic environment. We want to understand your biomechanics, kinetic sequence and gait analysis to find what is causing the issue. After a thorough examination, we work together to formulate a plan through conservative manual therapy. Whether you have shin splints from running or walking, we utilize soft tissue therapy/Active Release Techniques and physical therapy/rehabilitation to get your shin splints feeling better and feeling stronger while running or walking. More importantly we work to educate you along the way to help you in your pursuit to move forward in life with confidence.
Active Release Techniques Certified Provider
Dr. Centofonti is full body Active Release Techniques (ART) Certified Provider, which includes extensive knowledge of the upper extremity and conditions such as shoulder tendinitis, rotator cuff tendinitis, golfers elbow, tennis elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Active Release Techniques muscle therapy is a patented, soft tissue therapy that treats conditions within muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Dr. Centofonti is also a former collegiate baseball player that understands the biomechanics and kinematic sequence of overhead athletes.