Chronic exertional leg pain: discrete syndromes or a continuum

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Shin pain is a common complaint presenting to sports physiotherapists. Up to 82 per cent of runners have been found to experience exercise-related shin pain over a single running season (Reinking et al 2010). Chronic exertional leg pain (CELP) or exercise-related leg pain are common terms within the current literature, encompassing a group of diagnoses familiar to clinicians: medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS), tibial stress fracture, and popliteal artery entrapment syndrome (PAES). One of the difficulties in interpreting the literature in the area of CELP is that these diagnostic entities are not well differentiated in study samples and co-existence of each condition is common. Advances in imaging techniques and other technologies are helping to grow our understanding of these various conditions and their inter-relationships
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-24
Number of pages4
JournalSports Physio
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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