Patients visiting New York City (NYC) Chiropractic with front or back lower leg pain that appears slowly and unnoticed may have shin splints. Shin splints are poorly defined. There are many conditions (tendonitis, periostitis, muscle strain and Interosseous membrane strain) that have been implicated as the cause of shin splints.
There are basically two types of shin splints in New York: 1. Anterior shin splints – are so-called when the muscles at the front of the leg which are used for shock absorption, are affected. Constant and prolonged overuse of these muscles in instances such as walking or running on hard surfaces or wearing shoes that do not have shock absorbers shifts the force to the shin bone. A shin splint then develops. 2. Posterior shin splints – refer to the ailment that involves the muscles at the back of the leg. Acting as ankle stabilizers, they can be strained when the patient does excessive pronation.
With shin splints, the pain is often at the middle to lower third of the shin bone. One key differential for shin splints is a stress fracture, says Dr. Jay Handt and Dr. Josh Handt. However, with shin splints, x-rays are usually normal.
Your chiropractor, of NY, will perform a thorough history and examination including orthopaedic, neurological testing and diagnostic radiography to determine the extent of you shin splints. Then a particular plan of management will be made to suit your specific case.