When we talk about pain, we often assume that it’s related to an injury. Maybe a broken bone from a bad fall or a pulled muscle after exercising. In reality, pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong; it’s a warning signal meant to alert you of potential damage and underlying conditions. Without the immediate diagnosis of an injury, it may be tempting to ignore pain in your shins and try to just walk it off. Treating pain as soon as it begins is key to preventing larger issues; shin pain is no exception. If you experience lower leg or shin pain, consulting a physical therapist to assess and diagnose its cause is key to finding shin pain relief.
If shin pain has just occurred and it is difficult to move or take part in daily activities without pain, finding positions of comfort and rest is the best treatment. Physical therapy is a non-surgical treatment to help patients who are experiencing shin pain. There are many forms of manual treatment with physical therapy that can help to increase shin pain relief. Professional’s physical therapy experts are dedicated to helping you find shin pain relief.
All About Your Shins
The lower leg houses two bones: the tibia and the fibula. The larger bone that you feel on the front of your leg is the tibia. You may only think about your tibia when you bang your shin into the edge of your coffee table, but the tibia is a huge part of your ability to move throughout your day. Your tibia supports the weight of your body when you stand and move, stabilizes your overall movement, and connects muscles, tendons and ligaments in your knees and ankles to the rest of your body.
The bones in your lower leg usually only break from serious traumas, but if your bones are weakened by conditions like osteoporosis or if you take part in high-impact sports like running, you have an increased risk for fractures you might not even know about. Shin pain can be the result of various causes and conditions and it can be difficult to pinpoint why you are experiencing shin pain. Identifying your symptoms and consulting a physical therapist is a great first step toward long-lasting shin pain relief.
When Should I Seek Physical Therapy for My Shin Pain?
A good rule of thumb for shin pain is to seek attention as soon as the pain is noticeable, especially if it starts to interfere with your everyday activities. Figuring out the source of your shin pain is the first step to treating it. The main goal of physical therapy is to improve your daily quality of life by providing care that helps decrease your pain and increase your strength and mobility.
Whether shin pain is keeping you from performing simple daily tasks or playing at the top of your game, physical therapy is an effective way to treat a variety of shin injuries and conditions. Professional’s physical therapists will discuss your concerns with you, examine any physical limitations caused by your shin pain, and create a plan to address your pain on an ongoing basis. Addressing the issue as soon as possible is key to obtaining shin pain relief and preventing potential future injuries.
At Professional, our physical therapists work with you and your specific needs to create a personalized treatment plan to help you find the shin pain relief you’ve been looking for.
There are many causes of shin pain. Patients often describe the onset of shin pain for no apparent reason. Shin pain is common among athletes, as recreation or sport can put repetitive strain on the shin and cause pain. Pain in your shin can also result from injuries to or conditions in other parts of your body, like the knee or lower back. Pain in your shins might begin as acute but can become chronic if left untreated. Diagnosing and managing pain at an early stage can help limit symptoms in both time and severity. Click on the diagnoses below to see detailed information about how physical therapists at Professional treat these conditions:
Identifying your shin pain symptoms is the first step to getting the specific treatment you need for shin pain relief. Common symptoms that can indicate a shin injury or condition include:
Weakness or stiffness in the leg
Prolonged pain or tenderness
Loss of feeling in the foot
Limping or changes in walking pattern
Pain when bearing weight on the leg
Do you have pain in your shin?
Our physical therapists will diagnose your pain or injury and customize a shin pain relief plan just for you. We will work in an effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness before, during and after therapy.
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Insurances We Accept
Below is a condensed list of insurances we participate with throughout our network of physical therapy clinics. Find your particular provider below based on your area. For a complete listing of all insurance providers and individual plans by name: CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL INSURANCE PAGE.
Amerihealth Caritas (effective date 4/27/2020 - NH)
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (NH)
Bardavon (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
BCBS Massachusetts (MA)
Commonwealth Care Alliance (MA)
Fallon Health (MA)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (MA, NH)
Health New England (MA)
Magna Care (MA, NH)
Magna Comp (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
Martin’s Point Health Care (NH)
Mass General Brigham Health (Formerly AllWays Health Partners)
Massachusetts Health (Medicaid – MA)
Medicaid (MA, NH)
Medicare (MA, NH)
Med Risk (Workers' Compensation – MA)
ML Healthcare (NF – MA, NH)
No Fault (Various Carriers)
Omni Healthcare (MVA Lien – MA, NH)
One Call (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
SPNET (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
Streamline (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
TRICARE (MA, NH)
Tufts Cigna (MA)
Tufts Health Plan (MA, NH)
Tufts Medicare Advantage (MA)
Tufts Public (Medicaid – MA)
United Health Care (Optum – MA, NH)
WellSense Health (Formerly BMC – Boston Medical Center – MA)
Workers’ Compensation (Various Carriers)
How is Shin Pain Diagnosed?
Professional’s PTs will conduct an initial physical evaluation to analyze symptoms of your shin pain, as well as any limitations you are experiencing. If you have been referred to physical therapy by a physician, our PTs work with you and information from your referring doctor to determine the make-up of your treatment plan.
At Professional, you and your physical therapist will work together to understand the goals and expectations of each step in your unique treatment plan that focuses on providing shin pain relief as quickly and efficiently as possible.
How Can Physical Therapy Help With Shin Pain?
If you suffer from symptoms such as aching, burning, weakness in your lower leg or shin, or have shin pain resulting from a traumatic injury, physical therapy can help better your quality of life, and, in some cases, it can delay or even prevent future surgical intervention. Professional’s skilled physical therapists will work with you to identify and address the factors that may have contributed to the condition and design a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs for shin pain relief.
Chronic Shin Pain Relief
Chronic lower leg or shin pain is long-term, persistent pain and discomfort that could indicate severe conditions. The longer you try to cope with the pain on your own, the more damage you may be causing. Consulting a certified physical therapist for shin pain relief is a valuable tool to lay the foundation for proper treatment and rehabilitation.
Physical Therapy Treatment Techniques for Shin Pain
No matter the cause of your shin pain, Professional’s physical therapists will work with you to create and facilitate a safe and effective treatment plan. Symptoms are unique in both their causes and the methods we use to help manage them and provide shin pain relief. Below are just a few of the skills and techniques we deploy to treat shin pain or rehabilitate you after an injury or surgery:
Ice & massage
Exercises and stretches to increase strength and mobility
Modification to current exercises, routines & sports
Shin Pain Relief Before and After Surgery
While pain in your shin is often treatable and preventable with ongoing physical therapy, serious conditions may require surgical intervention. When surgery cannot be avoided, research shows that physical therapy is a vital part of your road to recovery—both before and after your procedure. The stronger and more informed you are before surgery, the stronger and more assured you’ll be afterward.
Before a surgery to address shin pain caused by severe conditions or injuries, physical therapy allows you to strengthen your muscles, educate yourself on what to expect post-surgery, and develop a home exercise routine to prepare for the journey ahead. Post-surgery physical therapy may feel similar, with treatment targeted toward regaining strength, mobility, and flexibility to help you heal properly and recover most effectively.
Committed to Providing Shin Pain Relief
We don’t just help you treat your lower leg or shin pain one time and send you on your way. Our physical therapists make sure to educate you on the how and why of your pain and put you on a path to ongoing wellness and prevention of more serious conditions. When it comes to finding shin pain relief, we ensure that our treatment is comprehensive, manageable, and customized to fit your specific symptoms and concerns. Professional’s PTs are movement experts dedicated to supporting you throughout your shin pain treatment and getting you back on your feet again.
We provide treatments for shin pain relief from our physical therapy clinics throughout Manhattan NYC, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Fill out the form above, or contact a clinic near you to speak with a Professional Physical Therapist and shin pain treatment specialist.
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