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Physical Therapy for Shin Splints

January 13, 2018

 

 

If you’ve ever gone for a run and felt a sharp pain running along your shin, you may be experiencing symptoms of shin splints. Also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints are the inflammation of the muscles and tendons around your tibia. This occurs when your bone and muscles in your leg get overworked by repetitive activity. Shin splints occur with sudden changes in physical activity, whether it’s running longer distances or an increased intensity in a workout. If your shin splints are becoming a concern, Madison Physical Therapy in Bay Ridge and Sheepshead Bay can help assist you with your pain and treat it properly.

 

Symptoms of shin splints

 

Shin splints are treatable, but it’s important to recognize the symptoms right away so that you can find the right treatment and take care of the problem. The signs of shin splints can be any of the following:

 

  • Pain in your leg or both legs.

  • Dull, aching pain in front of the shin.

  • Pain when pushing on the shin.

  • Increase pain following a workout.

  • Pain that reduces after rest.

 

In severe cases, you may not be able to walk at all. If shin splints get to the point where you’re physically handicapped by it, making an appointment for physical therapy in Bay Ridge or Sheepshead Bay may be necessary for rehabilitating your injury.

 

How to treat shin splints

 

There are many ways you can improve your shin splints and reduce inflammation:

 

  • Use P.R.I.C.E. - PRICE is an acronym for protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Apply ice the first two days following an injury for 10 minutes three to four times a day. Wrapping an ice pack against the injury and raising it can help reduce injury and pain.

 

  • Massage therapy - three days after sustained injury, massage to the shin and calf muscles is able to be applied. These massages can help loosen any tense and injured muscles to reduce injury.

 

  • Shoe/Insoles - wearing a proper shoe or getting supportive insoles for your feet can help reduce the shock of impact on your lower leg.

 

  • Taping - because most of us are always on our feet, it’s hard to rest our legs when they need it the most. For this reason, taping can serve as a great alternative and can reduce increased inflammation. Taping supports the muscles in the lower leg, reducing friction between tendons and the bones.

 

Madison Physical Therapy in Bay Ridge and Sheepshead Bay can treat your shin splints and other physical hindrances with our experienced physical therapists and treatments. For more information on our services, contact us today!

 

 

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