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Are your legs tender after exercise? Not the ‘no pain, no gain’ kind of feeling, a soreness that seems to be inside the bone, perhaps coupled with mild swelling. Do you find relief in ice, rest and pain killers?

What is Shin Splints?

Pain felt anywhere along the shinbone—a common term that actually refers to the two bones in the lower leg—is usually referred to as shin splints. Typically, the pain is felt before, during or after running and particularly when participating in activities that involve repeated stopping and starting, or sports that are played on hard surfaces. Other symptoms include aches and pains along the shinbone, which can be tender and sore to touch.

Shin splints is a condition that affects around 10% of runners, and up to 20% of dancers. And for those just starting an exercise program, the incidence can be significantly higher—affecting as many as 1 in 3.

Causes of Shin Splints

According to Victoria’s Better Health Channel, the exact cause of shin splints is unknown. It could be either a stress reaction from the bone, or inflammation of the bone caused by the force exerted by the tendons and muscles. Whatever the cause, there’s no doubt about how painful it can be. If left untreated, the pain can become so intense that it can prevent you from exercising and may progress to a stress fracture.

How do you treat & manage shin splints?

At Relinque Sports and Spinal Group, when we treat shin splints, we focus not just on reducing the pain, but on treating the underlying cause. As with every condition, we conduct a full biomechanical assessment and observe the way your body moves and areas of tightness—we’re trying to identify technique or movements that may be at the heart of the problem. Once we’ve made a diagnosis, we focus on reducing tension in the leg’s deep muscles and also on reducing the inflammation. We’ll also work with you to improve your strength, postural balance, to prevent the pain returning.

So don’t just keep the problem on ice. If you think you are suffering from shin splints, call Relinque Sports and Spinal Group on 03 9499 9644.