Ouch....Shin Splints

"Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional." ~ Unknown

Ouch


Last week I decided to add additional cardio to my workout.  So I dove in by running/walking two miles on Tuesday.  I was able to do it, however, I was in so much pain afterwards. I pushed through the pain during the rest of the week.  I thought further exercise was going to hurt it, however, it actually helped!  I believe I may of had to get my shins conditioned to be able to run.  The more I did it the less pain I was in.  Do they still hurt today?  Yes.  But only when I touch and press on them, not when I walk.  But the pain is good and bearable.

What exactly are shin splints?  The proper medical term for shin splints is medial tibial stress syndrome.  According to the FREE Medical Dictionary, shin splints refer to the sharp pains that occur down the front of the lower leg.

What causes shin splints?  The actual cause cannot specifically be pinpointed, however, an thorough exam from a doctor can help diagnose them.  Please see the Web MD reference article. 

Can they be prevented?  Unfortunately, no.  However, you can do things to try to prevent them: 
  •  Stretch before exercising
  •  Try not to run on pavement.  If you are like me, you like to run outside, so try to run on the grass, dirt or a track or park with a soft surface. 
  • Wear shoes that are comfortable and have good support. 

How can you alleviate the pain?  I personally, truly believe, by continuing to get your body used to the exercise. *Please note Web Md suggests NOT TO exercise if you are in pain, as you can permanently injure yourself. The more you do it, the less significant the pain, as that was my experience.  Take some Advil or Tylenol it can help alleviate any immediate pain.   If you have any unusual pain or discomfort that just doesn't feel right, get immediate medical attention, as it can be a sign of an injury.  Some other helpful suggestions include:
  •  Ice the area 
  •  Get physical therapy (must be prescribed by a physician).
  •  Neoprene sleeve

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~ Determined D.

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Disclosure:  This entry is merely the opinion of the author.  If you are experiencing severe pain or pain in general, please consult an exercise specialist and or seek medical attention. 


Shin Splints:  Tibial Stress Syndrome:  http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/shin-splints

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