My friend Sondra recently ran a 5K race on a very cold morning. So when we got together recently, I asked her how the race went. She told me that she now has shin splints, which she credits to not having stretched immediately prior to the race.
So that got me thinking - what exactly are shin splints? According to the Mayo Clinic , this term “refers to pain along or just behind the shinbone (tibia) — the large bone in the front of your lower leg. Medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints occur during physical activity and result from too much force being placed on your shinbone and connective tissues that attach your muscles to the bone.”
Shin splints are caused by a sudden increase in distance or intensity of a workout schedule. MedicineNet.com noted that a person’s tendency to pronate the foot – which means rolling it excessively inward onto the arch. Additionally, weak ankle muscles or a too-tight Achilles tendon ma...
Losing a limb is a very traumatic event. Not only is the actual act of physically losing the limb traumatic, but there is also psychological trauma too. During these times of warfare and conflict around the world, many adults and children are living a life as an amputee and upwards of 80% of them will also be living with chronic pain as a result of losing that limb.
There are three different types of pain experienced by an amputee. First, the pain can be directly coming from the severed nerve. Second, the pain can also be coming from the residual limb. Finally, the most common type of pain is phantom limb pain. Phantom pain is a painful sensation perceived in the missing portion of the amputated limb. Phantom pain is not to be confused with phantom sensation which is a vivid non-painful experience in the missing limb.
The treatment of phantom limb pain is difficult because this type of nerve pain is often not responsi...
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