How do athletes treat shin splints?

How do athletes treat shin splints?

To treat early-stage splints (or prevent splint development), a regimen of rest, icing, compression, and elevation of the affected legs can help to heal tissues. Using compression devices to heal early-stage shin splints can help to prevent further damage.

What are the 3 best treatments for shin splints?

How Are They Treated?

  • Rest your body. It needs time to heal.
  • Ice your shin to ease pain and swelling. Do it for 20-30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours for 2 to 3 days, or until the pain is gone.
  • Use insoles or orthotics for your shoes.
  • Take anti-inflammatory painkillers, if you need them.

Can you still play sports with shin splints?

Someone with shin splints: can do any sport that doesn’t cause pain. should stop doing any activity that causes pain. can slowly return to sports after being pain-free for 2 weeks.

How do you treat shin splints UK?


  1. take paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease the pain.
  2. put an ice pack (or bag of frozen vegetables) in a towel on your shin for up to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours.
  3. switch to gentle exercise such as yoga or swimming while healing.
  4. exercise on soft ground, if you can, when you’re feeling better.

Why do athletes get shin splints?

Shin splints develop from repeated stress to the shin bone by the pulling and tugging of the muscles and connective tissues in the lower leg. Frequent, repetitive pressure from running and jumping can cause the shin bone to become inflamed (swollen or irritated) and weakened.

How long do shin splints take to recover?

Shin splints often go away once the legs have had time to heal, usually in three to four weeks. Most people can resume an exercise program after their legs have healed. It takes longer to recover from a stress fracture, so it is best to have shin splints treated early.

Do I need physio for shin splints?

If you have shin pain, you can try to manage it yourself with rest and painkillers before seeing a physiotherapist or GP. For more information, see Self-help for shin splints. But you should see a physiotherapist or your GP if: the pain is so severe you have to stop exercising straightaway.

What can happen if shin splints go untreated?

If left untreated, shin splints and stress reaction can progress ultimately to stress fracture, which is when the bone can no longer handle the load being placed on it and it cracks. A fracture means broken bone, so a stress fracture is truly a type of broken bone.