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How To Treat Shin Splints Without Stopping 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do I know if my anteromedial leg pain is a shin splint, & how do to treat it as quickly as possible so i can resume running? Started running 6 weeks ago. Was up to 4 mile runs until this pain got too intense to continue. I think the pain is slightly m
PEMF: Pulse electromagnetic therapy works very well for periostitis. I had a personal injury due to trying to lift a microwave and scraped this on my shin. The induration and hematoma immediately got better with pemf but the induration lasted total of 10 days. In addition you might need cat's claw and essential fatty acids to relieve pain. Handheld pemf device is available from http://almagia.Com. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Rest: Treatment begins with resting. Nsaids, heel cord stretching, heel pads, and shin splint sleeves are often beneficial. A generalized treatment= 7-10 days of rest, heel-cord stretching, icing 20 minutes 3 times a day, nsaids for 2wks. Return to running at 2 wks at 50% of previous pace, 50% previous distance. Gradual increase to normal over 3-6weeks. See http://athletiek.Com/shin-splints. ...Read more
Likely normal: Shin splints occur from micro trauma where muscles connect to the bone, actually tiny tears in the muscle. Normal after intense workouts, try backing off on the intensity and frequency and let your body heal. Could also be muscle cramps which are often due to dehydration or electrolyte problems. Stay hydrated with a sports drink such as Gatorade. Aspirin or motrin and muscle massage may help. ...Read more
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