If you are an athlete, exercise regularly, or chase around small children, you have probably had shin splints at one point in your life. Anyone can suffer from shin splints, not just runners and athletes. There are times when that telltale burning, pain, or tightening on the front of your lower leg stops when the activity stops, but there are other times that the pain remains.  If this shin pain continues to bother you – you may be suffering from shin splints. 

What are Shin Splints?

Now, you may be wondering, what exactly are shin splints? The shin is located on your lower leg and takes a large amount of impact in your daily activities. Normally an athlete would experience shin splints due to an intensified workout routine; however, the average person is more likely to get shin splints by:

  • Not stretching before exercise
  • Overexerting your body in a single activity
  • Walking or running on hard surfaces
  • Not giving your body enough time to recover
  • Wearing the wrong shoes for the activity

Any type of exercise can cause shin splints.

What are the Symptoms?

The symptoms of shin splints are easy to spot. Be on the lookout for:

  • Pain during exercise 
  • Shin is hot to the touch
  • Soreness in the lower leg
  • Pain in the front of the lower leg
  • Swelling in the lower leg

One way you can help alleviate these symptoms is by applying ice or heat to the area. If this does not help alleviate the pain, seeing a chiropractor is one of the best options for the treatment of this condition. 

How can Chiropractic Care Help?

Chiropractic care can help treat shin splints and reduce their rate of recurrence. There are multiple ways chiropractic care can help with shin splints, including reducing the pain. Chiropractic care can help relieve pain from various injuries and medical conditions; this includes shin splints.  Chiropractic care can reduce high-intensity pain to something that is manageable. Pain relief can happen in just one visit at times but often takes a couple of visits. 

Reviving chiropractic care for shin splints will also teach you how to avoid getting them in the future. Your chiropractor will teach you stretches and strengthening exercises to help reduce the chance of shin splints recurring. The best part of chiropractic care is that it is a drug-free option for reducing and preventing your pain!

In Closing

Shin splints can be painful, but thankfully chiropractic care can help. If you are currently experiencing shin pain, consider giving us a call at Fletcher Chiropractic today to schedule an appointment!

Give us a call at 402-261-5766.