Physical Therapy for Shin Splints
While you may have had them at some point, you might not know that physical therapy for shin splints can offer real relief from this pain. Our trained and certified physical therapists see a number of patients from Boulder, Golden, Westminster and nearby areas who are suffering from shin splints.
What Causes Shin Splints?
Shin splints is the name given to pain at the front of the lower leg. There is a sheath surrounding the largest bone of the lower leg (tibia) called the periostium. Due to overuse of running on hard surfaces or sports involving a lot of jumping the periostium becomes inflamed. Additionally, the muscles at their point of attachment to the shin get small tears.
Excess training with inadequate recovery is the primary cause. Excess deviation from the usual training regime should be avoided to prevent shin splints. Rapid increase of speed or distance in the training routine must not occur. Muscle imbalances in leg strength and flexibility, insufficient shock absorption and toe running are direct causes when combined with overtraining.