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Anterior Tibial Strain Overview

What is anterior tibial strain?
A person with an anterior tibial strain has stretched or torn the anterior tibialis muscle. Anterior tibial strain is caused by overuse of the lower legs. This causes irritation and inflammation of the muscles in the front of the lower leg, resulting in pain and tenderness.

What are the symptoms of anterior tibial strain?
The anterior tibial strain causes pain and tenderness along the shin.

How does the doctor treat anterior tibial strain?
Treatment of an anterior tibial strain includes rest, cold compresses, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, and splinting.

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Last Updated: Feb 5, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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