Compartment Syndrome

Shin pain in runners (Part II)

This post is a follow up to my previous blog on shin pain in runners. Another cause of shin pain after or during running is due to a condition known as Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome (CECS).

This syndrome is due to increased pressure within a closed space where the muscles attempt to expand but are unable to do so. As a result of this, a runner experiences pain only when running. There should be no pain at rest and pain when running should resolve within several minutes of rest.

Treatment of this condition usually requires reduction of exercise. Deep massage known as muscle release should be performed as part of a physical therapy program. If you suffer from shin pain, before beginning any strenuous program, be sure to speak to your sports medicine physician about ways to treat and prevent your pain.