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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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Splint (Definition)

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How long do shin splints typically last?

How long do shin splints typically last?

Depends: Shin splints, known as medial tibial stress syndrome, typically last 2-4 weeks with adequate activity modification and physical therapy. Since they occur when excessive stress is put on the lower legs, the recovery rate depends on how long one has been exercising with pain. ...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

Dr. Mark Galland
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Shin Splints (Definition)

Occuring and felt in the front ...Read more