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Shin splints are one of the most common types of injury to the leg. While it’s most commonly found among runners, it can also occur in other sports and activities that involve a lot of running, such as: basketball, track & field, and soccer.
Shin splints are caused by repetitive stress to the connective tissue in the lower leg. In severe cases this may also include bone irritation.
High intensity and lack of variety of exercise are the key causes of shin splint pain.
This pain is described as a soreness or tenderness along your shin bone and may also include mild swelling of the lower leg. If symptoms are not controlled with over the counter pain relievers, ice and rest, you should seek medical attention.
Physical therapists can provide treatment to reduce the pain and inflammation while also assessing gait, footwear and readiness to return to sports.
In order to prevent shin splints it is advised that you:
In the following video, WakeMed physical therapist, Kristina Jolley, discusses the causes and treatment for shin splints as well as ways to prevent shin splints from occurring in the future.
Kristina (Jolley) Wolfe is a physical therapist at WakeMed Physician Practices – Cambridge Village, located in Apex, NC. Visit WakeMed Physician Practices – Physical Therapy for more information about physical therapy services at WakeMed (including requesting an appointment).
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