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How long do shin splints last?

How long do shin splints last?

Shin splints: Shin splits can become a chronic problem if the underlying risk factors are not addressed. An acute episode can last weeks to months. If pain persists, make sure the diagnosis is correct. Exclude a stress fracture. Initial treatment includes relative rest from painful activity. However if pain improves and you do not address the underlying causes, the pain can return. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Galland
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How long do shin splints typically last?

Rest should resolve: Shin splints is an overuse injury commonly seen when a training regimen suddenly increases too rapidly beyond the physiologic capability of the leg bone (tibia) to adapt normally to increased stresses. If rest is not instituted, an overt stress fracture can result. Most respond within 3-6 weeks to rest, limited impact activities and maybe soft boot bracing. ...Read more

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How long does shin splints usually last?

Too long: They last as long as you allow them to last. They are usually due to over use. Unless you seriously address the cause you will continue to have the symptoms. ...Read more

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How long would shin splints take to heal?

Very variable: It really depends on how bad the symptoms are and if you can avoid the cause if they are from sports and you can hold off it will probably resolve with ice, nsaids and stretching over 2-3 weeks. If you can not avoid the offending activity, it will likely be more difficult to get rid of it and may benefit from some concurrent physical therapy. ...Read more

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How long does it take shin splints take to heal?

How long does it take  shin splints take to heal?

Varies : Acute shin splints can be overcome in 1-2 weeks or chronic shin splints may last years. The key is to discover the underlying causes and reverse them. Overtraining, poor footwear, poor running mechanics, weak lower extremity musculature are common causes. Don't let your symptoms linger too long before reaching out for help. ...Read more

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I've been having year long shin splints. What should I do?

I've been having year long shin splints. What should I do?

Get checked: Shin splints is a very non specific term for leg pain. Could be a stress fracture, inflammation, exertional compartment syndrome, vascular, radicular from the spine or other....If it has lasted a year it's time to get checked. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to recover from shin splints?

How long does it usually take to recover from shin splints?

Variable recovery: Shin splints refer to inflammation at the point of muscle attachment along the anterior shin. Recovery is dependent on the individual and influenced by treatment. Physical therapy can be very beneficial to speeding recovery. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will it take for my shin splints to heal?

4-6weeks: Shin splints are essentially stress fractures of the tibia bone. They usually take at least 4-6 weeks to heal but sometimes even longer. During that time you need to minimize any impact activities or you will further slow healing. To prevent them from returning make sure you have proper shoe wear, stretch well, and follow good exercise technique. ...Read more

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What is the best recomendation for shin splints which have lasted over two months?

What is the best recomendation for shin splints which have lasted over two months?

Shin pain: The pain could be several things. The most severe would be a stress fracture. This is usually manifested by very localized tenderness, as opposed to other causes which would be more generalized pain. "shin splints" and other inflammatory issues such as periostitis and medial distal tibial stress syndrome can be just as painful, but are less serious as they generally do not lead to more severe complications. If left untreated, a stress fracture in the tibia can progress to a full blown fracture. The best thing for you to do is have an xray and an evaluation from an orthopedic surgeon. Not all stress fractures will show up on an initial xray, and sometimes bone scans or mris are needed if indicated. Regardless of the diagnosis, cross training with lower impact exercise is suggested (swimming, aqua jogging, biking, elliptical, etc.). ...Read more

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I had shin splints for the last few years, and now its worse. When will they get better?

Rest, ice: If you actually have shinsplints, they can be treated. Since they are related to overuse activity, a combination of rest, ice and nsaids can be helpful. Sometimes evaluation of running shoes and gait can also be helpful to find a cause and prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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Are there long-term effects of shin splints on my child's health?

Not usually: Most of the time shin splints are self limited. Meaning once you decrease or stop the offending activity the inflammation will subside and pain will resolve. Long term effects are not commonly seen. ...Read more

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I'm training for a 1/2 marathon & have been running more often than usual. I've been having painful shin splints. How long should I wait to run?

I'm  training for a 1/2 marathon & have been running more often than usual. I've been having painful shin splints. How long should I wait to run?

Rest: Shin splints or tibial stress syndrome heals at a different rate in different people. You should avoid running for the next 6 weeks. If you have access to an exercise bike change your exercise so that you do not loose your fitness level. When you re-start, make sure you are wearing good shoes with cushioned support and run on softer surface such as dirt or grass. If the pain is back stop! ...Read more

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What treatments are available to cure long term shin splints?

Stretch : I have found stretching, activity modification, ice and sometimes physical therapy are the most effective treatments. If you must run then wrap tha calves for running. ...Read more

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Should I stop running if I get shin splints (pain in the tibia due to long distance running)?

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. ...Read more

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How long pre-workout should I apply pain-relieving cream to my shin splints?

How long pre-workout should I apply pain-relieving cream to my shin splints?

Shin splints: First make sure that your lower leg pain is not really a stress fracture of the tibia bone. Treatment of medial tibia stress syndrome involves icing up to three times a day, taking some antiinflammatory medication, reducing impact activities, get shock absorbing insoles, reduce your miles running and increase them gradually. ...Read more

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Hi there, i have been medically diagnosed with shin splints, and over the last few days have had constant knee pain, can this be linked?

Hi there, i have been medically diagnosed with shin splints, and over the last few days have had constant knee pain, can this be linked?

Yes: Usually from overuse and quite common in runners and athletes. You can try OTC Advil or Aleve, (naproxen) if not allergic and I always suggest and orthopedic evaluation with x rays to rule out a stress fracture. ...Read more

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I got shin splints.how long should I rest before starting? I've lost close to 40lbs walking.i hate to be off very long.i got a bike to mix it up some

Variable: Shin Splints can be difficult to heal. Depending on the severity you may need to be off a feww days to as much as six months. Congratulations on your weight loss. Don't let the shin splints get you down or off track. Definitely do not try to go back too soon or it will get worse and take longer to heal. Concentrate on non weight bearing activities. Biking could be ok. ...Read more

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I have shin bone pain and it's worse at night, mom won't take me to the dr. I worked out last week so I don't think it's shin splints. Pain off and on?

I have shin bone pain and it's worse at night, mom won't take me to the dr. I worked out last week so I don't think it's shin splints. Pain off and on?

You might be correct: But it may be a few different diagnosis, including things that may be important for you to know about sooner rather than later. Tell your mom, I suggested you get taken to an orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation, & to ensure there is nothing to worry about, and that there is nothing growing in your bone, for example. At your age things that can cause such complaint, range from mild to serious stuff. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Galland
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Shin Splints (Definition)

An acute pain in the shin and lower leg caused by prolonged running, ...Read more