Another cause of shin splints is simple tendinopathy, much like a tennis elbow. This can expalin why some people experience pain in areas other than that of MTSS. Personally, when I get pain I feel it somewhat laterally, just below the knee. To be a little more precise, I get pain at the origin of the tibialis anterior. This is one of the other more typical areas that people describe when they say they have shin splints. This is also around the area of the origin of extensor digitorum longus. Besides the commonly felt area above, tendinitis may also appear along the anterior surface of the shin where other muscles originate or in the belly of the muscles above.
Depending on the health professional you talk too there may be mother causes of shin splints, or they may classified shin splints differently depending on their personal definition. To me the above two pathologies best describe the pain of shin splints when ruling out stress fractures and compartment syndrome. inflammation of the interosseus membrane may also be a reported cause of shin splints. There are other factors that are considered to be causes or predisposing factors for shin splints. I'll simply list them.
Overtraining on uphill/uneven terrain
Short bursts of sprinting activity
The take home message from all of this is that shin splints can most often fall into the overuse category of injuries if you consider that compartment syndrome and stress fractures are their own separate pathologies.
In my next post I'll take about prevention and treatment of shin splints.
What do you guys think:
Would you consider shin splints to be predominantly an overuse injury?
Have you experienced shin splints? Tell me about it.
Can you think of any other causes for shin splints?