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Shin Splints Treatment
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Self-Care at Home
When you first begin to notice discomfort or pain in the area, you can treat yourself with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Over-the-counter medications may also be used to reduce discomfort and pain.
Rest will allow the tissues to heal themselves by preventing any further stress to the affected area. Ice should be applied no longer than 20 minutes. The ice may be put in a plastic bag or wrapped in a towel. Commercial ice packs are not recommended because they are usually too cold.
Compression and elevation will help prevent any swelling of the affected tissues.
There are two types of over-the-counter medication that may help with the pain and swelling of MTSS. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) will help with the pain, and a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen will help with the pain and battle the inflammatory response. Caution should be taken when using these drugs, and the dosage should not exceed the recommended dosage.
Once the severity and cause of MTSS is determined, a course of corrective and rehabilitative actions can be started.
Practice muscle strengthening and flexibility.
In cases where changes were seen in the initial scans or X-rays, follow-up scans or X-rays may be performed. A plan for a gradual return to play should be started once the pain is reduced and muscle strength and flexibility are restored.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/12/2014
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