Shin Splints

This is a common term for “anterior compartment syndrome”. Damage to the anterior tibial border, probably by extra stress on the bone by the anterior muscle structures, results in an overuse injury. Shin splints tends to be most common in runners and aggressive walkers.

There is pain in the front of the shin below the knee, characterised by raised or roughened outer tibial edge, with pain. The pain is often worse at the start of the workout, lessening in the mid-workout and increasing towards the end of the session. The primary aggravant is usually a sudden increase in distance or intensity of a workout schedule.

Early intervention can usually rapidly resolve this problem, but with long standing symptoms treatment can be protracted. Our highly experienced team will assess and diagnose the extent of the damage, give appropriate advice and effective treatment. It is imperative that we work with you, to give you as much information as possible to ensure you are able to treat the area effectively at home.

We suggest that using the P R I C E concept (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate ) is usually the best early intervention strategy.

Call us now for advice and information regarding treatment of this special injury.