Inflammatory Shin Pain ‘Shin Splints’ ‘Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome’

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INJURY TITLE

Inflammatory Shin Pain  ‘Shin Splints’ ‘Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome’

 

INJURY OVERVIEW

An encompassing term that describes shin pain on the inside of the shin bone.

 

INJURY IN-DEPTH INFORMATION

For a while a lot of the conditions that manifested themselves in the area of the shin.  Progressions in both clinical understanding, and imaging techniques, proper and more accurate diagnosis of these conditions is now possible.  Inflammatory shin pain will follow the common signs and symptoms set out below.

 

COMMON SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

  • Pain on the inside border of the shin bone
  • Pain may decrease with exercise but will be present afterwards
  • There is commonly an area of focal tenderness o palpating the shin bone – usually in the lower portion of the bone.

 

HOW IS IT ASSESSED

  • Clinical examination to rule out any other causes of pain
  • MRI scanning if pain is severe enough.  This will help establish a prognosis and treatment plan
  • Biomechanical assessment to establish any movement issues, for example, when running.

 

 

 

GENERAL TREATMENT

  • Relative rest
  • Ice treatments
  • Biomechanical aids such as orthotics
  • Stretching and strengthening advice
  • Manual therapy to address any muscle tightness and pain.

 

Exercise Videos: i.e.

  • Rotator cuff strengthening
  • Pec stretch
  • etc

 

WHICH HEALTH PROFESSIONAL TO CONSULT

PHYSIO     X

MEDIC     X

PODIATRY     

Put an ‘X’ next to each health professional that most commonly deals with this injury.

i.e. tennis elbow would be Physio and Medic as injections are common, whereas for muscular LBP it would be Physio and not Medic as they would just refer them to a Physio.

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