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How to tell the difference between a shin splint or stress fracture?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
X-rays: X-rays or ct can usually differentiate the two.
Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Shin pain: "shin splint" typically refers to pain on the front of the lower leg, . Pain in this area may come from medial tibial stress syndrome (mtss), stress fractures, or compartment syndrome. Identifying the underlying reason for your pain can then help with a specific plan of care. Treatments usually consist of rest, stretching, ice, massage, or orthotics. (drmarkgalland.Com).

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if I have shin splints or a stress fracture?

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Dr. Kenneth Tepper
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Area of pain: Shin splints typically hurt over a longer length of bone, and a stress fracture is often point tenderness. If you have concern, see a specialist, and other diagnostic tests may be required to tell for sure.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Whats the difference between shin splint and stress fracture?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
A stress fracture : Is a crack in the outer layer of the bone. (think eggshell), shin splints are micro tears of the attachments of the muscle to the bone....
A 49-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if I have shin splints or a medial stress fracture?

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Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 39 years experience
See doctor: A bone scan or MRI is diagnostic of a stress reaction or fracture. Plain X-rays will reveal it if it is severe and prolonged enough. SHin splints represent an inflammation of the periosteum where the muscles attach to the tibial. Stress reactions indicate that the amount of street you are putting on the tbia exceeds the body's ability to heal it. If you hop on the effected leg and hurts see doc
A 44-year-old member asked:

I have intense shin splints or a stress fracture, but how can I know which?

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Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 49 years experience
X-ray or MRI: You need to have diagnostic testing to see what your problem is.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between a shin splint and a stress fracture of the shin?

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Dr. Pietro Seni
Orthopedic Surgery 47 years experience
Bone involment: Shin splint is an increase to comparmental psressure within the different comparments of the leg, it does not involve the bone.An stress fx involves the boneof the leg , the tibia.

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