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Shin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) if we want to be precise, is when there is too much force being put on the shin bone by the tendon attaching the muscles to the tibia (shin bone). The tibia is the large bone in the front of the lower leg. Of course if you have shin splints you know exactly where they are, even if you wish that you didn’t.
Some say that shin splints are caused by overuse or too much sudden use, such as quickly stopping and starting, so shin splints are most common in athletes, such as runners and soccer, tennis or basketball players. But anyone can get shin splints.
Shin splints can get so painful and persistent that many people think that they have stress fractures.
Most often you hear that rest, ice, over-the-counter pain medication, new or better shoes, and arch supports will solve the problem. Using a cushion type of pad in your shoe to help to absorb the pounding can be helpful.
But many times they don’t solve it for long. The problem comes back and then you are really frustrated.
The symptom is too often the focus, instead of why. Are there structural imbalances that are now causing the shin splints and their re-occurrence? Would it not be better to look for the cause of the problem and resolve that cause? Are certain muscles pulling, creating an imbalance, or a compensatory effect? Are there fascial adhesions pulling from the tibialis anterior around the tibia? Or is there inflammation in the area?
Using the ReCAPS System™, this problem can get resolved and you can get back to the activity that keeps you going.
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