Shin Splints

Shin Splints

If you’re a runner or you stand on your feet for long periods of time, you may have experienced a sharp pain through the shin bone (tibia) while standing, walking or running. It can either happen sporadically, or be a chronic pain. While the main symptom of a shin splint is caused by a constant contraction of the muscle at the front of the leg, the root of the problem is usually related to improper biomechanics of the foot and knee. If twisting of the shin bone called tibial torsion is occuring, the tibialis anterior is forced to work much harder than necessary. This can cause significant damage to the cartilage pad of the knee if left untreated. This means that you must return the biomechanics of the foot and knee to proper function. Chiropractic Treatment Chiropractic treatment for shin splints focuses on returning the biomechanics of the foot and knee to proper function in order to reduce strain on the tibialis anterior so that it may heal. Active Release Techniques ART can effectively reduce spasms and scar tissue within the muscle by specifically breaking down adhesions. Graston Technique Graston Technique is equally as effective as ART in breaking down scar tissue and allowing for faster healing.  ...
Knee Pain

Knee Pain

Chronic knee pain is often chalked up to arthritis of the knee or something that can “only be managed with painkillers, surgery or by limiting your usual activities.” Meanwhile, it can be disabilitating and painful, and ultimately discouraging. What are some common types of knee injuries that can be ? Bursitis – The knee joint is surrounded by three major closed fluid-filled sacs that function as a gliding surface to reduce friction between tissues of the body. These sacs can become inflamed from direct trauma to the front of the knee, and can lead to swelling, tenderness and other discomforts. This condition is different from knee joint inflammation (arthritis) in that is painful when kneeling and can cause stiffness/pain with walking – but that the full range of motion of the knee is usually maintained. You would feel pain at the front (anterior) of your knee. Patella (kneecap) fracture – The patella is the small bone located in front of your knee joint — where the thighbone (femur) and shinbone (tibia) meet. It protects your knee and connects the muscles in the front of your thigh to your tibia. While chiropractic cannot heal fractures, it is an excellent source of rehabilitation for the healed patella. You would feel pain at the front (anterior) of your knee. Patello tendonitis ( ‘Jumper’s Knee’) – The inflammation of the patellar tendon from excessive jumping. Patellofemoral disorder – The inflammation of a tendon in the knee caused by weakening cartilage. This places additional stress on the patella which results in the knee no longer gliding smoothly when moved. The result of this is...