Shin Splints

You may notice shin splints upon increasing your running or walking training distance. Have you had your spine checked lately?

You may notice shin splints upon increasing your running or walking training distance. Have you had your spine checked lately?

There are more than 3 million cases per year of this painful condition, primarily among runners, dancers and athletes. 

What can make you susceptible to the painful inflammation caused by shin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS)?

The stress on your shin bones that results in soreness, aching and weakness could be caused by:

  • Misalignment of your spine and lower body which can result in dysfunction of the legs' bones and tissues, such as the shin

  • Improper biomechanics of your legs, knees, ankles and feet which can lead to chronic stress that your lower legs are not able to handle

The pain from stressing the tibia (shin) results from the tearing of its surrounding connective tissue, or even tiny fractures in the bone itself. If such a condition goes untreated, you could be at risk for knee or hip injury.

A combination of therapies may help. An assessment, proper stretching or ART® therapy may relieve pain, correct any imbalances and restore proper musculoskeletal function.

Make an appointment for an evaluation with Dr. Urban today!