How is Shin Splints assessed by a Physiotherapist?
A physiotherapist will perform a thorough assessment to diagnose and treat your shin splints. During the assessment, the physiotherapist will gather information about your medical history, symptoms, and any previous injuries you may have had. They will also ask you about your level of physical activity, including the type of activity, intensity, duration, and frequency.
The physiotherapist will then perform a physical examination, which will include a number of tests to evaluate the range of motion, strength, and flexibility of your lower leg. They may also observe your walking and running gait to look for any abnormalities or compensations that could be contributing to your pain.
The physiotherapist may also perform special tests specific for shin splints such as the squeeze test or resisted dorsiflexion test. The squeeze test is where the therapist will squeeze the calf muscle and ask the patient to experience any pain along the shin, and the resisted dorsiflexion test is where the therapist will resist the ankle movement towards the toes and ask the patient to report any pain along the shin.
The physiotherapist will then use the information gathered during the assessment to make an accurate diagnosis of your condition and to develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. The treatment plan may include a combination of techniques such as manual therapy, exercise therapy, taping, ultrasound, and electrotherapy, and to address the underlying cause of the injury.
It’s important to understand that physiotherapy treatment should be specific to the individual patient. Your physiotherapist will adjust the treatment as they see your progress, to ensure that you are receiving the most appropriate care for your condition.