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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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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