How to Tell If You Have Shin Splints
By Karen Reed
If you exercise a lot, you may experience some pain in your shins. Just mentioning it in conversation can lead to people questioning whether or suggesting you have shin splits. After all, this is a common injury in those who train or workout a lot.
But do you really have this problem? And just what is shin splints, because it sounds horrendous, right?
There are certain signs that would suggest that you do have shin splints. Pain isn’t the only symptom you’ll experience. You may also be able to predict if you’ll get them or worsen them in the future, especially as a runner.
The more you know about them, the better it will be for you. Preventing or taking steps to get rid of them will help to protect your legs in the future and support your whole body. You’ll find it easier to exercise and enjoy everything that you do.
Here’s all you need to know about shin splits and how to tell if you have them.
What Exactly Are Shin Splints?
The medical name that some doctors will use is medial tibial stress syndrome or MTSS for short. It’s commonly nicknamed shin splints because of what happens around the shin bone to cause the pain. As the medical name suggests, the condition is affected by stress placed on the tibia, which occurs due to prolonged or intense exercise.
Those who put continuous stress on their shins are more likely to experience the stress syndrome. This stress includes pounding, which occurs during running and jumping sports. Even some sports like tennis and squash can cause the condition because of the amount you jump around to hit a ball!
When you continually put pressure on your joints and bones, the tissues can repair quickly or effectively. Your body gives you the pain signals to get you to stop, and you will need to speak to a doctor if you think you have shin splints to avoid them from getting worse.
The term shin splints aren’t quite exact. Your shins don’t start splinting and your muscles don’t pull away from the bone! What really happens is your muscles start to inflame, putting pressure on the nerves in the vicinity. You can cause fractures to occur in the bones, but the pain occurs long before that happens. Compound or stress fractures usually occur if you haven’t taken steps to rectify the problem in the first place.
What Causes Shin Splints to Occur?
We already know that shin splints occur because of stress on the bones and muscles, but there is more into what happens to make your muscles inflame. There are certain types of running or exercise that are more likely to cause the pain and inflammation, so if you do them, you need to look out for signs of shin splints.
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