Shin splints cause pain along the bony front part of your lower leg (also known as the shinbone, or tibia). This condition happens when a group of muscles in the front or back of your leg is working harder than it should. As a result, those muscles – and the tendons that anchor them to your shinbone – become inflamed and cause pain.
Shin splints are a common running injury. If you don’t run but participate in other activities, you can still get shin splints – especially if you’re starting a new activity or increasing the intensity of your workout.
Expert care from Aurora Health Care can help you get rid of the pain that comes with shin splints. Our sports medicine experts often diagnose shin splints with a physical exam, and can help you feel better with special footwear and physical therapy. We’ll also help you make a gradual transition back to your favorite activities so you can avoid re-injury.
Our expertise in caring for active people means you can count on us to treat your shin splints so you can get back to your favorite activities.
Highlights of our program include:
If you have shin splints, you’ll probably experience pain along the long bone of the lower leg (tibia). The pain tends to be mild at first, then gets stronger and lasts longer as the injury worsens.
You may also experience:
A physical exam is usually all it takes for our sports medicine experts to diagnose shin splints.
During the exam, we:
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Simple treatments, like taking a week off or icing the injury, often provide immediate relief. Our sports medicine team also offers a broad range of treatments to prevent the pain from returning. Then, they’ll help you ease back into your favorite activities when the time is right.
Treatments for shin splints at Aurora include: