The very fact that you have landed on this page leads me to believe that you are most likely looking for information about how to get rid of shin splints rather than doing a fact finding mission about this painful condition of the lower leg out of pure curiosity!
If so, then you must first define which of the following two groups of sufferers you actually fall into:
1. If this is your first time experiencing the pain and tender muscles brought on by shin splints then you fall into the larger group of first time sufferers for whom the treatment information provided in this site should, in most cases, be enough for most people to get rid of the problem.
2. However, if you are one of those people who are continuously suffering with shin splints after running or after finishing whatever activity or workouts you do, and you have tried the treatments and techniques covered in this blog then you will need to check out this treatment guide, specifically designed for pinpointing and then correcting the root cause of your leg problem or alternatively you can check out my review of this guide here.
Right then, if you are still here let us start by trying to help you relieve the pain and discomfort in your leg or legs, which is obviously forcing you online to seek out some advice, first things first though…
How Do You Know If You Have Them?
Shin splints is a term that is used to describe the trauma which causes pain in and around the tibia bones and muscles of the lower legs and although not the only disorder to give pain in the lower leg area it is by far the most common and will generally be the most likely diagnosis of pains located in this region, especially if you are taking part in a lot of high impact sports, running in particular.
The correct medical name that is given to this affliction is medial tibial stress syndrome, or ‘MTSS’ for short, although you’ll discover that even your doctor will, more often than not, refer to them as shin splints rather than use the correct medical name!
The following list contains certain indicators that will point to a shin splint as being the most probable cause for your shin pain:
The pain caused will generally, although not always, center around the inner side of your shins and can range from being relatively mild to being acute, it can also be constant or intermittent.
If you experience a greater degree of pain at the beginning of your training and immediately after you have finished, particularly the following morning, than you experience during the actual training.
If pain develops in the shins after using new sports shoes or after running on harder surfaces or increases in running distances.
What Has Caused, or is Causing Your Shin Splints?
There are a number of specific reasons that contribute towards shin splints trauma and these will all be looked at in much greater detail in future posts and although all these causes are different they all have exactly the same trigger.
In short, shin splints is an impact injury and is experienced more by those who perform strenuous exercises such as running, especially on hard surfaces, or who take part in sports that require a lot of sudden starting and stopping such as racquet sports (tennis, squash, badminton), basketball, soccer and even dancing, over-training is often a repeat offender!
So Now You Want to Know – How to Get Rid Of Shin Splints?
Now the answer to this question isn’t as straightforward as many would like it to be, simply because for a good number of people, this is not an easily treated condition.
For many who are affected MTSS can be an absolute nightmare to understand, a debilitating condition that simply refuses to be gotten rid of no matter what they try to do. Hopefully, you do not fall into this category and need only follow the guidelines below to get back on your feet and start to get rid of them, but if you are a chronic sufferer and need help eliminating this ailment completely then you will need a proven diagnostic and healing guide that will pinpoint and then provide the correct methods for treating the root cause of your specific issue as mentioned earlier.
There are also many preventative measures that can be taken that will lessen the likelihood of being struck down by this condition and by checking out our informative site you will discover things like – how to stretch your shins correctly as well as many other beneficial shin splint exercises that are all extremely effective in limiting the possibility of shin splints occurring by helping to increase the flow of blood to the muscles that are generally affected.
R.I.C.E. Your Initial Pain Relieving Step!
If you are in pain and need something that works really well and that you can use immediately, then R.I.C.E. is the proven standard bearer of treatments.
R.I.C.E. stands for rest, icing, compress and elevation and is the best method for getting rid of shin pain in the shortest possible time.
- Rest: As with most sports related injuries, rest is extremely important as it allows the damaged muscles ample time to recover.
- Icing: An an ice pack should be applied to the painful area of the shins to help bring down swelling, it should only be applied for 15 minutes then removed to allow the skin to rewarm before reapplying the pack, leaving the pack on too long damages the skin. there are several icing techniques that can be used that will help heal the immediate problem.
- Compress: The use of compression will also help to reduce swollen muscles as well as providing pain relief. ace bandages, or stretchy bandages as they are also known, are primarily used for supporting muscles but are also perfectly designed for providing a compress around the swollen shin muscles. if you experience throbbing in the muscles, or if the bandage feels too tight, simply remove and re-wrap without so much tension in the elasticity of the bandage.
- Elevation: Another very simple yet effective means of reducing swelling to the affected muscles is to elevate the injury to such a point that it is raised above the level of the heart. So in the case of shin splints you would need to prop up your legs whilst lying down.
As good as the rice method is it still only does one thing, albeit very important, and that is to treat the actual symptoms of shin splints, i.e. reducing swelling and eliminating pain.
Unfortunately, if you fail to treat the actual cause of your shin splints then you’ll be using the rice method a lot more often in the future! The following video explains why!
So What Treatment Options Do You Have Other Than RICE?
Throughout this blog we will be covering additional treatments for shin splints from the traditional RICE method as covered above, to more alternative treatments such as yoga and acupuncture. However, if you have tried everything you have been told to try and you are still suffering chronically and you want to know how you can get rid of shin splints for good then you will need to know how to finally pinpoint the actual cause of the problem so you can at last correct it and achieve relief on a permanent basis.
This can certainly be done by visiting a podiatrist or a similar type of specialist, unfortunately this can take both time and money. Alternatively, you could try a quicker and a far more cost effective option which is to take the matter into your own hands and learn how to diagnose and treat the root of the problem yourself…and the best way to do this is to use a treatment guide specifically designed for just that purpose, which has also been scientifically proven to provide consistently great results.
So if you are affected by shin splints so much so that they’re badly affecting your lifestyle, you need to learn more about a simple step by step treatment program that will get rid of them and leave you amazed with the results!…
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