A hallmark sign of Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, or MTSS, is pain in the area of your shins at the beginning of activity. Often, this pain from shin splints will gradually dissipate as training continues or upon cessation of the activity. As the injury progresses, it takes less and less time after beginning an activity that pain begins. The symptoms may be located in only one leg but are usually present in both legs at the same time.If You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
Shin splints need to be carefully evaluated and managed. The intervention that will relieve shin splint pain will be different for every person that presents with this condition. No two cases of Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome will present the same.
Treatments may be as simple as fitting a custom orthotic to your feet or replacing old, worn-out running shoes in order to correct stress imbalances placed on muscles. If an orthopedic abnormality is not found to be a contributing factor, then a plan of strengthening and stretching all muscles of the legs is in order to maintain strength and flexibility and prepare the lower to properly handle greater loads. Strengthening the core is also an important consideration when treating shin splints. If ordered a course of physical therapy, there are modalities that may be used that can decrease pain and inflammation and help speed up the healing process.