Shin splint describes the pain that is felt along the inner edge of the shinbone. It mainly occurs in the lower leg between the knee and the ankle. Shin splint is also medically referred to as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS), as it occurs in the tibia bones.

As opposed to pelvic pain, shin splints usually happen to athletes, sportspersons, or any individual who partakes in strenuous physical activity or training of some kind. Shin splints are a cumulative stress disorder. Repeated pounding and stress on the bones, muscles, and joints of the lower legs prevent the body from being able to naturally repair and restore itself. At times the pain can be severe enough such that all physical activity must be brought to a halt. Shin splints are also caused by stress reaction to bone fractures.

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