Advanced PT. Is There A Shin Splint In Your Runner's High?


The causes of shin splints are vast, but your physical therapist can help you figure out the root of the problem. He or she will complete an extensive evaluation process with you, noting your painful areas and testing the abilities of your current physical motions. This may include anything involving stretching, flexibility, gait, mobility, and range of motion. From there, your physical therapist will create a treatment plan based on your needs. Treatment plans for a specified shin splint condition may include, but are not limited to: • Manual therapy. Hands-on massage of the painful area and its surrounding areas, in order to ease stress off of the injured tissue. • Light exercise. These exercises can serve several functions. They can be used to increase the strength and/or range of motion of the hips, arches, or shins, in order to decrease overpronation and stress on the lower leg. They can also be used to stretch the muscles around the shin, in order to reduce inflammation. This may also include single-leg exercises, such as squats, reaching, or heel raises. • Modified technique. Sometimes, shin splints can be a result of poor technique with gait or sports. Your physical therapist may work with you to modify your take-off/landing techniques, or your leg and foot control while walking or running.

• Taping/compression. Your physical therapist may suggest taping the affected area (arch of foot or leg muscles) to promote healing and compress the affected muscles. • Ice. Ice healing may be prescribed, in order to decrease pain and inflammation. Depending on the severity, your physical therapist may suggest icing multiple times a day. • Footwear suggestions. Your physical therapist may provide you with supportive or orthotic footwear suggestions, which may help speed up your shin splint recovery and decrease the risk of them in the future. • Rest. An important part of your physical therapy treatment will be rest, although you will also be participating in important stretching and light exercises with your physical therapist. Your physical therapist may suggest taking a short break from the activity or exercise that aggravated your shin splints until you are healed. At Advance Physical Therapy, we are dedicated to assisting you in your healing journey, and making it as comfortable for you as possible. If you believe you may be suffering from shin splints, give us a call today. We will help you get back on your feet in no time! Sources:

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