Differentiating Shin Splints from ECS Conditions Research Paper by Nicky

A research paper on this writer's experience in differentiating shin splints from exertion-related compartment syndrome (ECS).
# 151248 | 4,027 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on May 30, 2012 in Sport (Medicine and Drugs) , Medical and Health (General)

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This paper details the personal experiences of the experimenter in identifying the source of significant discomfort in a localized region of both shins due to his/her running as a physical fitness activity. The paper describes how the experimenter attempted to identify the cause of the pain and how he eventually determined that the source of the symptoms were likely attributable to exertion-related compartment syndrome (ECS) as opposed to shin splints. The paper identifies and details the experimenter's various stages of research.

Background of Project
Initial Symptom Awareness Stage
Anecdotal Information Collection and Informal Information Confirmation Stage
Survey of Empirical Research on Shin Splints
Practical Research Finding Implementation and Experimentation Stage - Phase I
Survey of Empirical Research on Exertion-related Compartment Syndrome
Practical Research Finding Implementation and Experimentation Stage - Phase II

From the Paper:

"Prior to conducting a search for scientific literature, the experimenter attempted to follow the advice provided by experienced runners. Specifically, the experimenter cut back on the duration and distance of individual running sessions, increased the rest periods in-between successive running sessions, and invested in a higher quality pair of running shoes. The sales staff at the athletic footwear store concurred with the suspicions of the experienced runners and suggested that insufficient arch support, thickness and quality of the cushioning material, and imprecise fit of the experimenter's running shoes were contributing to excessive impact forces associated with each foot-fall of the running stride.
"Additionally, the store personnel suggested that the choice of running surface also might be a contributing factor and indicated that the asphalt-based outdoor running track where the experimenter had been running was among the least forgiving surfaces in that it absorbs very little of the energy of foot-fall impact. In that regard, the salesman expressed optimism that the $120.00 running shoes the experimenter purchased would provide sufficient protection even on hard surfaces, but simultaneously suggested that the experimenter "look into some other types of surfaces" such as modern composite materials used on newer running tracks and natural surfaces such as grassy terrain."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • AOS. (2007). Shin Splints. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Retrieved October 20, 2009, from: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00407.
  • Braver, R. "How To Test And Treat Exertional Compartment Syndrome: Why The ECS Diagnosis Is Often Missed" Podiatry Today; Vol. 15 (May 1, 2002). Retrieved October 20, 2009, from: http://www.podiatrytoday.com/article/382
  • Howard JL, Mohtadi NG, Wiley JP. "Evaluation of outcomes in patients following surgical treatment of chronic exertional compartment syndrome in the leg." Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine; Vol. 10, No. 3 (2000): 176-84.
  • Mohler IR, Styf JR, Pedowitz RA, Hargens AR, Gershuni DH. "Intramuscular deoxygenation during exercise in patients who have chronic anterior compartment syndrome of the leg." Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery; Vol. 79, No. 6 (1997): 844-9.
  • NIH. (2009). Handout on health: Sports injuries. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Retrieved October 20, 2009, from: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Sports_Injuries/default.asp.

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