Pain in the Shins Treatment
Treatment for shin splints usually includes rest, crutches, cold compresses, muscle stretching, muscle strengthening, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.
Treatment for shin splints may include:
- Use a walker.
- Use crutches.
- Use a cane.
- ACE wrapping the affected area
- Cold compresses
- Apply for 20 minutes, 2 to 3 times per day
- Stretching exercises for shin splints
- Stretching the muscles of the calf and the front of the leg
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Consider change in running shoes:
- Shoe orthotics may be necessary
- Good arch support is important
- Run on soft terrain
- Reduce intensity
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Pain in the Shins Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of shin splints.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having shin splints again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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