Resource: Shin Splints – Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome: What ́s your understanding of it?
Approximately 10-20% of all runners will experience shin splints or medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) once in their career. Apart from sports involving running it is also often seen in military recruits and ballet dancer. While MTSS accounts for nearly 60% of all overuse injuries seen in the leg, the real cause is not well known and is often multi-factorial including biomechanical abnormalities and training errors. Even if it might be not a serious injury it can be debilitating and if not adequately treated, can progress to a more severe state. Current treatment and prevention programs are mainly based on expert opinion and clinical experience. This article will review current opinions about cause, symptoms, treatment options and prevention programs.