Treatment for Shin Splints in Ronkonkoma

If you are an active runner, it is probable that you either heard of or dealt with a painful condition known as shin splints. Medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints are commonly associated with pain along the shin bone, located in the front of one’s lower leg. Causes for shin splints vary greatly. Some common causes are:

Repetitive stress on the shinbone and connective tissues

-Stress fractures

-Overpronation (flat feet)

-Poor lumbar spine function

Shin splint symptoms are often very similar across the board. People suffering from shin splints often experience:

-Tenderness in the leg/shinbone

– Soreness in the leg/shinbone

– Pain in the leg/shinbone

– Mild swelling of the lower leg

People often say that the pain does stop when exercising stops, but it eventually becomes continuous over time. This is problematic as it may lead to a stress fracture or stress reaction. You can prevent the chance of obtaining shin splints by learning some of the common risk factors:

A sudden increase in the intensity, frequency, or duration of an exercise occurs

You have flat feet

You’re beginning a running program

You run on uneven terrain or hard surfaces

If you do begin to experience symptoms associated with shin splints, it is important to know that many cases of shin splints are treatable without visiting a doctor. Professionals suggest the following:

-Rest (avoid exercise that causes the pain)

-Ice (apply ice 15-20 minutes for 4-8 times a day to reduce pain and swelling)

-Over the counter pain medication (Advil, Aleve, Tylenol, Motrin, etc)

Sometimes, however, self-management does not prove to aid in improving one’s symptoms. At this point, professional medical assistance is highly suggested in order to fully address the problem and treat it immediately.

Dr. Muroff knows just how much of a nuisance shin splints can be to those who participate in an active lifestyle. If self-treatment does not seem to improve your symptoms, come into Dr. Muroff’s office in Ronkonkoma to get a full analysis of the problem and begin healing so you can return to exercising regularly. Call us at 631-588-0888 to set up an appointment with Dr. Muroff and get rid of your shin splints once and for all!

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