Shin Splints

Pain in your shins? You may have the most common of the running/walking related injuries. This week, Dr. Christine Major from Active Living Chiropractic shares more info about this mysterious ailment.

From Dr. Major:

In January of 2014, a group of researchers from the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois, Chicago published an evidence-based report naming the three most common running-related musculoskeletal injuries. At the top of the list was medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), also known as “shin splints”. Coming in second and third were: Achilles tendinopathy and plantar fasciitis, respectively.

MTSS results in pain along the inner part of the lower leg. If you are new to running or a seasoned pro, chances are good that you’ve experienced it. Despite its prevalence, the exact cause is still not fully understood. However, many experts agree that MTSS develops due to repetitive stress on the muscles, tendons, and fascia (connective tissue) that attach to the tibia.

Certain factors can put a runner at an increased risk of developing MTSS including: increasing training intensity/volume too quickly, overpronation, running on hard or uneven surfaces, and wearing worn-out or inadequate footwear.

Prevention of MTSS is important, so it is suggested that runners participate in graduated running programs that increase volume slowly (like the Portland Fit program!). Replacing your running shoes after 300-600 miles (depending on your body weight, running style, and training surfaces) can ensure that the integrity of your shoes is intact. Furthermore, orthotics that prevent overpronation and absorb shock have been shown to decrease the likelihood of developing MTSS.

Stay tuned as we cover Achilles tendinopathy and plantar fasciitis in future articles!


Dr. Christine Major
Active Living Chiropractic has two locations in Beaverton and Hillsboro providing the most scientifically evidence-based care in a relaxed, warm, and caring atmosphere. Active Living Chiropractic is a team of healthcare professionals that recognizes that every patient is unique. Dr. Anita LeBlanc, Dr. Justin Jelen, Dr. Christine Major, and Dr. Guillermo Bermudez believe in working in partnership with their clients to achieve optimal health and peak performance.