Runners Aren’t the Only Ones: Shin Splints

Runners Aren’t the Only Ones: Shin Splints

The term “shin splints” can cause some confusion, as the term can refer to general pain in the front of the lower leg (the shin), or to specific pathologies that cause this pain.  The term medial tibial stress syndrome more accurately describes this common and painful condition caused by repetitive stress to the lower leg, specifically to muscles that “flex” the foot (dorsiflexors).  Pain is felt on the inside (medial side) of one or both shins, and pain can range from mild to debilitating.

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Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a new treatment technique that is entering the physical therapy world and is having great results! Chesapeake Bay Aquatic and Physical Therapy offers laser therapy at our Laurel location. “Laser therapy is the non-invasive use of laser energy to generate a photochemical response in damaged or dysfunctional tissue. Laser therapy can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and facilitate improved function and mobility” (Laser Therapy).

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Physical Activity During Hot Weather

Physical Activity During Hot Weather

We also want our patients to be exercising safely, and as our local temperatures continue to blaze it's important to us that our patients take extra precautions - as exercising in the heat can put extra stress on your body and can lead to serious illness. According to the CDC, theses risks are increased during high humidity, as sweat does not evaporate as quickly, and your body is unable to release heat fast enough. People over the age of 65, under the age of 2, or those with chronic or mental illnesses are also at increased risk for heat related illness.

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