A 18-year-old male asked:
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should i stop running if i get shin splints (pain in the tibia due to long distance running)?

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Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: and ice the shins and have your doctor prescribe an NSAID. If not better have your doctor rule out a stress fracutre.
Answered on Jul 10, 2014
Dr. Jeffrey Ramkaransingh
19 years experience Interventional Radiology
Short term: Shin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome, is best treated with rest, ice and over the counter anti inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. It may be prudent to take a week off and gradually return to your routine. If your pain persists, a visit to your doctor may be warranted. Good luck.
Answered on Jul 10, 2014

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