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Shin Splints - Do You Have Pain In Your Shins After Walking of Running?

What Are Shin Splints?
Shin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome, is an overuse injury that causes lower leg pain. This problem is the cause in 18% of running injuries and is 2-3 more prevalent in women than men. Shin splints are primarily caused by a mismatch between overload and recovery during weight bearing exercise. High-stress impact loading during running or walking places an increased stress on the lower leg bone (tibia). When this stress increases gradually the bone strengthens in order to handle the load. Shin splints occur when the body’s ability to strengthen the bone is not able to keep up with the stress being placed on the bone. This imbalance of bone strengthening and stress causes small cracks in the bone and inflammation of the surrounding tissue.  

The pain from shin splints can be classified into 4 stages in order of severity:
Light pain or stiffness after working out.Pain at the beginning of a work-out which disappears during the warm-up.
Pain during the work-out, but also after the workout and during the night. The pain subsides after long rest and inactivity.
Constant pain. The pain does not disappear after rest.

What Mechanical Factors Contribute to Shin Splints?

  • Excessive flattening (pronation) of the feet when walking or running.
  • Tight calf muscles.
  • Weak ankle stabilizer muscles (soleus, flexor digitorum longus, posterior tibialis).
  • Walking or running on hard surfaces.
  • Walking or running in old shoes.

What is the Preferred Treatment for Shin Splints?Shin Splint Pain Relief - Superfeet

  • Ice
  • Superfeet are an inexpensive orthotics option.
  • Rest (The amount of rest depends on the stage above).
  • Anti-inflammatory medication (prescribed by a medical doctor).Orthotics to support the arch of your foot and decrease the flattening of your feet.
  • Make sure you shoes are not too old (running shoes should be replaced every 300-600 miles).
  • Run or walk on softer surfaces such as dirt.
  • Increase the endurance of your ankle muscles with these exercises.
  • Stretch your calf muscles.
  • Cross-train to give your body a break from high-stress impact loading (cycling and swimming are great choices for maintaining aerobic fitness while resting the injury).

When you are ready to resume training, gradually increase your duration and intensity so that the bones can keep up. Prevent recurrence by instituting rest weeks into your training (We recommend an active rest week of 1/2 your usual training duration and intensity every 4th week).

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Struggling With Bursitis of The Hip? Treat The Cause.

What is Trochanteric Bursitis?

Physical Therapy For Trochanteric Bursitis - Lakewood COThe trochanteric bursa is a small fluid filled sack that lies between the greater trochanter (the bony knob on the side of your hip) and the iliotibial band (a band of connective tissue that runs along the side of the thigh).  Trochanteric bursitis occurs when this fluid filled sack becomes inflamed and painful. The pain from trochanteric bursitis is usually felt along the side of the hip.

What causes Trochanteric Bursitis?

Trochanteric bursitis is most often caused by a mechanical fault at the pelvis and hip. The mechanical fault involves the inability to control the femur (thigh bone) during weight bearing activities such as walking, hiking, running and going up and down stairs. The lack of control of the femur during these activities causes increased friction between the greater trochanter and the iliotibial band resulting in irritation of the bursa.

How Is Trochanteric Bursitis Treated?

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Low Back Pain? Consumer Reports Survey Supports Physical Therapy as an Effective Treatment.

Physical Therapy ranks among the top treatment choices of their readers with back pain, according to a new Consumer Reports survey of more than 14,000 Americans who experience the condition. The report also recommends manual therapy (spinal manipulation) and exercise for low back pain. Physical therapists perform both of these types of treatments regularly. In fact, many of the studies supporting spinal manipulation and exercise for low back pain have been published by physical therapists.

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More and more studies are showing that physical therapy is a great first choice treatment for low back pain.  Here are just a few:

  • Physical Therapy for Degenerative Disc Disease (common cause of low back pain)
  • Physical Therapy Exercises For Low Back Pain
  • Predicting patients that will benefit from spinal manipulation by a physical therapist

If you are interested in highly effective low back pain treatment contact Belmar Physical Therapy at (303) 274-2404, or click here to email us >>