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Physical Therapist's Guide to Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)

Kari Brown Budde, PT, DPT, SCS

Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) is a condition that causes pain on the inside of the shin (the front part of the leg between the knee and ankle). MTSS is commonly referred to as shin splits due to the location of pain over the shin bone. MTSS is one of the most common athletic injuries. It affects both the muscle on the inside of the shin and the bone to which it attaches. MTSS may affect up to 35% of athletes who run and jump, such as distance runners, sprinters, basketball or tennis players, or gymnasts. Military personnel, dancers, and other active people can also develop MTSS. A physical therapist can help you recover from MTSS and teach you exercises and tactics to prevent reinjury. {read more}