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Understanding Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, commonly known as shin splints, is a condition characterised by pain along the inner edge of the shinbone (tibia). This condition is prevalent among athletes, particularly those in high-impact sports. It often results from overuse or repetitive stress on the shinbone and the tissues attaching the shinbone to the muscles surrounding it.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

The primary symptom of Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome is pain along the inner side of the shinbone, which might worsen during physical activity. Swelling in the lower leg may also be present. At FAARA, our health care professionals conduct a thorough examination, which may include physical assessments and imaging tests, to rule out other conditions like stress fractures.

Our Approach to Rehabilitation

FAARA’s rehabilitation program for Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome is designed to address the root causes of the condition and promote long-term health. Our approach includes:

  • Rest and Recovery: Initially, reducing activities that cause pain is crucial. We recommend low-impact exercises to maintain fitness without exacerbating the condition.
  • Physical Therapy: Our physical therapists develop personalised exercise programs to strengthen, improve flexibility, and enhance overall leg strength.
  • Pain Management: Techniques such as ice therapy, massage, and, if necessary, pain relief medications are used to manage discomfort during the recovery process.
  • Gait Analysis and Footwear Advice: We often conduct gait analysis to identify any biomechanical issues contributing to the condition. Proper footwear and, if necessary, orthotics are recommended to provide adequate support.
  • Preventive Strategies: Education on proper warm-up routines, gradual increase in activity levels, and techniques to avoid recurrence are integral parts of our program.

Why Choose FAARA for Shin Splint Rehabilitation?

At FAARA, we are committed to providing comprehensive care tailored to everyone’s needs. Our team of healthcare professionals is experienced in treating a wide range of sports-related injuries. We use evidence-based practices and state-of-the-art facilities to ensure you receive the best possible care. We use world class equipment including VALD Force Decks- the fastest and most powerful dual plate system for analysing strength and asymmetries.

Collaborative Approach with Referring Surgeons and Specialists

At FAARA, we emphasise a collaborative approach with referring surgeons and specialists. This partnership ensures our rehabilitation plans are closely aligned with the specific surgical outcomes and techniques used. Regular communication with these medical professionals allows us to tailor and adjust our rehabilitation strategies effectively, ensuring a cohesive and comprehensive recovery process for each patient. This integrated approach is key to a successful and efficient recovery journey.

Book Your Appointment

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome can be a hindrance to athletes and active individuals, but with the right approach, it is manageable. At FAARA, we are dedicated to helping you overcome shin pain and return to your active lifestyle with confidence and strength.

Book your appointment online today or call (03) 9596 6612.

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