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    What are shin splints?

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  • Jonathan Harris


    Jonathan Harris is a Titled Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist having achieved Master Degrees in both fields. As well as his undergraduate Physiotherapy degree he also … View Profile

    Shin splints are painful and occur as the result of muscles pulling (too hard) on their attachment to the lining of the shin bone. As the muscles continue to pull, the lining of the shin bone becomes inflamed (producing inflammatory fluid). Inflammatory fluid is erosive and if shin splints are lift to progress a stress fracture can develop

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    Dr Ryan Hislop


    Ryan Hislop is the Clinical Director at the Mudgee Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. As an experienced and evidence-based diagnostician, Ryan works largely by medical … View Profile

    For more information, it may be worth looking at medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS). This term has more research keywords associated with the condition. 

    The pain associated with MTSS is caused from a disruption of Sharpey's fibres that connect the medial soleus fascia through the periosteum of the tibia where it inserts into the bone. 

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