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Treating Shin Splints

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It’s not uncommon for an athlete to experience a physical or sport-related injury, such as an ACL tear, but among the different types of trauma, shin splints are considered to be a frequent injury between the greater number of athletes, primarily runners. Shin splints is a medical term used to describe a diversity of symptoms usually located along the tibia, or shin bone, and its local muscles.

According to OrthoInfo, shin splints broadly arise when the muscle and bone tissue in the leg are excessively overworked by repetitive activity.  Various reasons could be causing injury to the tibia and the muscles surrounding the bone but the principal source is rooted to repeated trauma due to sudden changes in the workout intensity or overtraining. Extreme high impact exercises, like those performed while running, add stress to the tibia, causing shin splints and its well-known symptoms. While shin injury can be frequent, there are many options for healing shin splints.
Healing a Tibia Injury

Pain located on the inside part of the lower leg that increases or becomes worse with physical exercise are the commonly known symptoms indicating shin splints. Also, when affected by tibia injury, the calf muscles tend to become tight and inflexible.

Treatment for shin splints largely depends on time and patience in order to heal appropriately. Several different treatments can achieve relief for this type of injury. Above all, rest is considered to be the best treatment for tibia injuries. Ice therapy can also be used to relieve the pain associated with the injury. Ice therapy is frequently applied to reduce the symptoms because the irritation to the tibia and the surrounding muscles causes swelling and inflammation. A physical therapist may also assign stretches as treatment for shin splints. Dr. Alex Jimenez advices to always consult a medical professional to determine the appropriate treatment options for each individual according to the degree of injury and symptoms.

By Dr. Alex Jimenez

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