An assessment from a registered therapist
is imperative to diagnose the cause of shin pain accurately. However, a regular assessment and treatment plan should include the following:
- Biomechanical assessment to identify biomechanical issues and provide appropriate intervention.
- Advice regarding the use of Ice and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to address the pain and swelling.
- Advice regarding modification of training to create the optimum environment for healing.
- Advice regarding appropriate footwear and the provision of suitable orthotics.
- Strengthening and stretching programs for the proper muscle groups.
- Specific soft tissue mobilization (various deep tissue massage techniques).
- A graded rehabilitation program to safely guide you back to your previous level of activity.
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HOME REMEDIES FOR SHIN SPLINTS
To start with, change your running shoes or training shoes. Very often, your footwear can be one of the biggest causes of shin splints.
By changing the shoes you are wearing, you can significantly reduce the symptoms and pain. It would help if you made it a must to look at and try on the running shoes you buy before buying them.
Go to a sports shop specializing in sports footwear. They can give you advice as to what is wrong with your current footwear and what you can purchase or change to help you quickly feel better. It is essential to go to an excellent shop
if you intend on running for a hobby.
If you can help to reduce the swelling in your shins, you can then very quickly lower the amount of pain that you suffer. Anti-inflammatory medications - both prescribed and over the counter - can help with this.
But one of the best ways to quickly reduce your swelling is with good, old fashioned ice.
You should place an icepack on the painful area for 10 to 15 minutes. You can then repeat this process several times a day, and this will help reduce any swelling and lower the pain you experience.
Frozen gel packs are also good at treating shin splints. Apply them to the tenderest area for 15 minutes to reduce the inflammation and dull the annoying pain.
Don't apply any ice directly to your skin; you want to prevent frostbite. Wrap it with a thin towel.