Shin splints

Common Name(s)

Shin splints, Medial tibial stress syndrome

Shin splints is a condition that is characterized by pain in the lower leg region (tibia bone). Shin splints are caused by overuse of the muscles and tissues that connect muscle to the bone. The symptoms of this condition may include: pain or tenderness in the lower section of the leg (between the knee and ankle) and swollenness in the affected region.

Shin splints are usually diagnosed when an individual expresses their discomfort to their doctor. The combination of a health history and a physical examination allows the doctor to make the diagnosis. Resting and applying ice to the affected area are the most effective methods of treating the symptoms. The temporary use of over-the-counter pain relievers can also lessen the symptoms of shin splints.

To prevent the condition from returning in the future, try stretching before vigorous exercise, obtaining supportive shoes, and varying exercise routines. Generally, the pain associated with shin splints will lessen over time. Contact your doctor if the symptoms do not decrease, because it might be an indication of a long-term (chronic) condition.

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The terms "Shin splints" returned 7 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Bilateral diaphyseal bone cysts of the tibia mimicking shin splints in a young professional athlete--a case report and depiction of a less-invasive surgical technique.
 

Author(s): Andreas Toepfer, Norbert Harrasser, Ulrich Lenze, Franz Liska, Heinrich Mühlhofer, Rüdiger von Eisenhart-Rothe, Ingo J Banke

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Medial tibial stress syndrome is one of the most common causes of exertional leg pain in runners whereas musculoskeletal tumors and tumor-like lesions are rare encounters in orthopedic sports medicine practice. Unicameral (simple) bone cyst is a well-known tumor-like lesions of the ...

Last Updated: 22 Aug 2015

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Trauma related shin splints. Shin splints are symptoms, not a diagnosis.
 

Author(s): R Ashford

Journal: BMJ. 1999 Jun;318(7197):1560.

 

Last Updated: 30 Jul 1999

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Incidence of trauma related stress fractures and shin splints in male and female army recruits: retrospective case study.
 

Author(s): M A Macleod, A S Houston, L Sanders, C Anagnostopoulos

Journal: BMJ. 1999 Jan;318(7175):29.

 

Last Updated: 26 Feb 1999

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The terms "Shin splints" returned 1 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Shin splints--a literature review.
 

Author(s): P Bates

Journal: Br J Sports Med. 1985 Sep;19(3):132-7.

 

"Shin splints" is not a specific diagnosis. It is merely a descriptive term that describes chronic exertional shin pain in an athlete. The evidence seems clear that shin splint pain has many different causes and this reflects the variation in the anatomy. It would be preferable to ...

Last Updated: 14 Feb 1986

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