“Medial tibial stress syndrome,” also known as “shin splints” is a common source of pain for many runners and athletes. It’s characterized by pain along the inside front of the lower leg, along the shin bone. It’s estimated that up to 15% of of runners will experience shin splints at some point.
What causes Shin Splints?
There are many theories on what causes shin splints, and just as many ideas on how to treat them. Repetitive movement associated with pounding pavement is said to be the culprit and most athletic trainers and healthcare professionals will prescribe a regimen of rest, NSAIDs, ice, and compression - heavy on the rest.