Pain in the front (Shin splints) or inside of the leg
The most common injury we treat are Shin splints. Though typically associated with being a runners injury. Pain can cause problems for anyone involved in high impact running and jumping activities.
The underlying cause of the problem is often due to the muscles not being able to absorb the forces through the leg because the muscle is tearing off the bone. This is why in many cases long periods of rest doesn’t do anything to improve the problem. The pain will return when the activity is started again.
The problem here lies in that the stimulus that causes the inflammation is removed, but nothing is done to improve the muscle length. When the activity is started again, the shortened muscle will continue to pull on the bone, which will cause the pain to return.
There are 3 areas where shin pain are commonly found
- Along the inside edge of the shin bone(Tibia) – Shin Splints
- Over the Tibialis Anterior muscle
- Over the shin bone (Tibia) itself only covered by skin – Stress fracture
There are five other possibilities which can describe shin pain: bone stress, inflammation, vascular insufficiency, nerve entrapment and a raised pressure inside the muscles of the shin.