We are constantly on the move throughout the day, from walking, running, or standing doing errands, all because of the lower and upper portions of our bodies. The body is a complex, unique machine with upper and lower portions with specific jobs and functions. The body’s upper portion provides mobility and functionality to the neck, shoulders, head, arms, and hands. At the same time, the lower portion of the body offers stability and motor functions to the hips, legs, knees, and feet. When there are issues that affect the body, it can, over time, causes stress in the musculoskeletal system and affect the joints in the lower extremities, thus invoking pain and disability. Today’s article looks at tibial stress fractures, how they affect the lower body, and how treatments like the MET technique can help the lower body. We provide and mention valuable information about our patients to certified medical providers who offer therapy techniques like the MET combined with treatment care for individuals with tibial stress fractures in their lower body extremities. We encourage each patient by referring them to our associated medical providers based on their findings appropriately. We acknowledge that education is a spectacular way when asking our providers the most helpful questions at the patient’s acknowledgment. Dr. Alex Jimenez, D.C., utilizes this information as an educational service. Disclaimer
What Are Tibial Stress Fractures?
Have you been dealing with heaviness in your legs and feet? What about unwanted pain radiating from your knees to your shin? Or do your feet constantly feel tired? Many of these issues could be due to muscle overload on the lower extremities associated with tibial stress fractures. Research studies reveal that when the lower extremities are subjected to repeated mechanical stress, that can cause microscopic fractions in the tibia. This condition is most common in military recruits, athletes, and runners. In the book “Clinical Applications of Neuromuscular Techniques” by Leon Chaitow, N.D., D.O., and Judith Walker DeLany, L.M.T., stated that two types of stress fractures can occur in the tibia that is the result of tibial stress fractions. They are:
- Fatigue stress fracture: Caused by repeated abnormal muscular stress (torque) applied to the normal bone, which has appropriate elastic resistance potential and density.
- Insufficiency stress fracture: Caused by normal muscular forces applied to mineral-deficient or abnormally inelastic bone.
How Do They Affect The Lower Body?
Numerous factors can cause stress fractures in the lower body extremities, affecting motor-sensory and mobility function. Some of the factors associated with stress fractures in the tibia include:
- A sudden increase in training or activities
- Uneven surfaces
- Inappropriate footwear
- Inappropriate running style
- Misalignment in the lower limbs
Studies have revealed that when these risk factors cause the development of stress fractures in the legs, it can lead to symptoms like pain and swelling in the legs and feet. If it continues without treatment over time can cause the bones to weaken and can be confused with musculoskeletal disorders like osteoporosis or shin splits.
Gain Mobility Back With Chiropractic Care-Video
Have you been dealing with pain in your legs or feet? Do you feel that you have mobility issues when walking or standing? Or have you noticed that your legs are extremely tired a few days after intense training? Many people experiencing these issues are associated with stress fractures on the lower extremities. Repetitive motions cause stress fractures in the lower extremities over time that causes small, hairline fractures in the bone. This causes the surrounding muscles around the joint to overload the bone and cause muscle and joint pain symptoms. Luckily, there are ways to reduce stress fractures on the lower extremities and restore leg mobility. Treatments like chiropractic care can help many musculoskeletal disorders correlated with stress fractures in the lower body extremities. The video above talks about how non-invasive treatments like chiropractic care incorporates different techniques and manipulations to realign the spine and reduce the pain associated with stress fractures.
How The MET Technique Helps The Lower Body
Incorporating stretching techniques and chiropractic care can help reduce stress fractures in the tibia and prevent future musculoskeletal injuries. Regarding reducing the effects of stress fractures in the lower extremities, available treatments like chiropractic care can help relieve the pain. Using stretching techniques like MET (muscle energy technique) can help stretch and lengthen muscle fibers to reduce muscle fibers pain. The MET technique allows chiropractors to utilize mechanical and neuromuscular stretches to enhance the range of motion through isometric stretching to loosen stiff muscles and will enable the body to heal itself naturally. Other treatments like ice massages, electrotherapy, and non-impact activities (swimming and cycling) combined with chiropractic care can enhance recovery and let the individual know how much stress impacts their joints.
The lower portions of the body allow mobility and stability to enable the individual to move around and perform various actions without pain. However, many risk factors that cause the musculoskeletal system to cause overload power to the lower extremities could develop stress fractures in the bone and cause pain and discomfort. Stress fractures can, over time, cause pain and swelling to the legs and can affect a person by making them unable to walk without feeling pain in every step they take. Luckily, treatments like chiropractic care and stretching techniques like MET can help loosen up, lengthen stiff muscles, and relieve the legs. Through continuous treatment, many individuals become aware of how much overloading pressure they put on their legs and can become more mindful of their daily activities pain-free.
Chaitow, Leon, and Judith Walker DeLany. Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques. Churchill Livingstone, 2002.
May, Todd, and Raghavendra Marappa-Ganeshan. “Stress Fractures – Statpearls – NCBI Bookshelf.” In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL), StatPearls Publishing, 17 July 2022, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK554538/.
Robinson, Patrick G, et al. “Stress Fractures: Diagnosis and Management in the Primary Care Setting.” The British Journal of General Practice : the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Apr. 2019, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6428476/.
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