Shin pain, often referred to as ‘shin splints’ is a common complaint amongst runners. It primarily affects new runners or people who have increased their amount of running, like training for a race.

What does shin splint mean?

The term shin splint is used to describe any pain in the shin or lower leg, but actually includes many different diagnoses. Shin pain can be caused by:

  • Bones (including stress fractures)
  • Soft tissues
  • Nerves
  • Blood vessels

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Doctors seem to be a common first port of call when a person injures themselves or requires management of pain. However, physiotherapists are first contact practitioners for musculoskeletal (muscle and joint) pain and injuries.

So, to answer the question – either is acceptable. For those of us who have been to a doctor and seen a physiotherapist for a musculoskeletal injury – often the experience can be quite different. The following will help answer some common questions… Read more