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What is the difference between shin splits and a stress fracture?
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
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In brief: Muscle vs. bone
Shin splints are a condition due to a strain or inflammation of teh anterior tibialis muscle or tendon.
Stress fracture is a small non-displaced fracture (break) of a bone due to repetitive trauma.

In brief: Muscle vs. bone
Shin splints are a condition due to a strain or inflammation of teh anterior tibialis muscle or tendon.
Stress fracture is a small non-displaced fracture (break) of a bone due to repetitive trauma.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Eran Kessous
Sports Medicine
In brief: Same process
The both span the stress injury continum..
. Stress injury to a bone starts with painless inflammation (microfractures). When pain starts we call this shin splints. If one does not give this process some rest, it will culminate in a broken bone or stress fracture.

In brief: Same process
The both span the stress injury continum..
. Stress injury to a bone starts with painless inflammation (microfractures). When pain starts we call this shin splints. If one does not give this process some rest, it will culminate in a broken bone or stress fracture.
Dr. Eran Kessous
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