We are hoping that everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holidays. We have 2 areas of topic in this newsletter: Osteoporosis and Shin splints.
“Shin splints” is a term used to describe an overuse injury that affects the bone and soft tissues on the inner part of the lower leg (tibia). The highest incidence of shin splints is seen in runners and more specifically female runners due to pelvic muscle imbalances. Common symptoms of the injury are pain described as a dull ache on the inside of the shin when walking and/or running, redness, swelling and pain on palpation of the various muscles and bones on the inside of the tibia on the affected leg. Initially, the symptoms commonly present at the initiation of a run and are usually relieved if the individual continues the run but traditionally re-occurs and the end of the running session. Long term this can result in chronic pain and stress fracture.