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Teen Shin Splints Stress Fractures
What are the possible repercussions if I continue to compete on stress fractures or reactions and shin splints?
Need rest. : The pain is telling you the bone is damaged and needs rest. If you continue to compete and push the issue could suffer problems down the road. Rest and rehab best scenerio for this type injury. I would see a orthopedic sports medicine specialist to help your recovery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more
Not directly, but...: Shin splints are usually caused by irritation in the lining of the bone (periosteum) of the shins. Stress fractures result from repeated stress to a bone. If you are overdoing a certain exercise, sport, or activity you can cause and or worsen shin splints and/or stress fractures. The two are not related to each other, but may be related to your activity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exam: This is usually determined based on exam and further testing. Stress fracture usually has a small area of pain called point tenderness. Shin splints are over a wider area of the shin. You can also have an area of point tenderness within a wide area of shin splints. MRI or bone scan is usually used to make the diagnosis and determine if your pain is from shin splints or stress fracture. ...Read more
Shin splint: The first right thing to do is to see a medical professional . We are the one's trained to do this . No matter how much disinformation is on the internet , there is no substitute for seeing a doctor. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
MRI: Mri or bone scan may be able to differentiate. An additional consideration is exertional compartment syndrome, which can be diagnosed by a sports medicine physician in clinic. Ct or x rays may show a "dreaded black line" in the case of a stress fracture. In the shin bone, these fractures are notorious for their slow rate of healing. Some elect to have surgery to stimulate healing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more
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