Yes, you can treat shin splints. However, if you have had them before you can be prone to having them again in the future. That is why it is essential to understand what caused them in the first place and the steps you took to alleviate the symptoms.
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Shin splints are not permanent and can be treated. But they can easily show themselves again if they are not rested sufficiently after treatment. The most common reason for reoccurrence is overloading of the muscles too quickly and without adequate strength training. In the example of a runner, once treatment has finished and the symptoms subside, the athlete feels well-rested so the temptation is to go straight back into "pounding the tarmac". Recurring shin splints are common in this scenario. Without full treatment, there is a possibility for a more permanent injury. It is also important to have a medical assessment carried out and avoid an incorrect self-diagnosis. Shin splints can sometimes mask more severe injuries like a stress fracture.
Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, can be painful and impact of training routines but it is not a serious condition. It is a very common condition experienced by around 13.6% of all athletes at some point in their career and 30% of soldiers. With a few changes and some targeted treatment, they can get better.
Shin splints are a very common overuse injury typically involving the muscles that run down the front portion of the lower leg. With Rest, Ice and proper treatment they will subside without any long term lasting effects. However, if untreated they do have the potential of developing into a stress fracture.
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