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Shin Splints

Shin Splints

What are shin splints?

Shin splints involve damage to one of two groups of muscles along the shin bone that cause pain. The location of the shin splint pain depends on which group of muscles is damaged. The two types of shin splints include the following:

Shin splints usually develop after rigorous exercise, sports, or repetitive activity.

What are the symptoms of shin splints?

The following are the most common symptoms of shin splints. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

The symptoms of shin splints may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

How are shin splints diagnosed?

Diagnosis of a shin splint usually is confirmed with a complete medical history and physical examination.

Treatment for shin splints:

Specific treatment for shin splints will be determined by your physician based on:

The best course of treatment for shin splints is to discontinue any activity that is causing the condition, until the injury is healed. Other treatment may include:

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