Shin Splints: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

In this video Dr. Nick Askey explains the anatomy and symptoms of shin splints and other shin injuries. He explains the difference between traditional treatment and Airrosti’s targeted approach. By targeting pain directly at the source, Airrosti eliminates nagging shin pain in an average of just three visits. Learn more about Airrosti’s approach to achieving consistent and remarkable results.


Shin splints (also known as tibial stress syndrome) are a condition that causes pain and sometimes swelling in the front part of the lower leg (shin). The pain is most likely from repeated stress on the shin bone (tibia) and the tissue that connects the muscle to the tibia. They are common in people who run or jog. Ten to fifteen percent of running injuries are shin splints.

Shin splints are extremely common. Runners might get them after ramping up their workout intensity, or changing the surface they run on. They are also common in dancers. Standing for long periods of time and wearing high-heeled shoes may also induce shin splints. Whether you jog daily or just had to sprint to catch a bus one day, you may have shin splints when you feel throbbing and aching in your shins. While they often heal on their own given enough time, severe shin splints can ruin your game.

Most people with shin splints feel pain on the front, the lower part of the leg. Some people may also notice mild swelling. When one first experiences the pain, it may only occur at the beginning of a workout and feel like a dull ache or soreness. If left untreated, the pain can become sharper and last until the exercise is completed. In severe cases, the pain will continue after the workout.


Although shin splints may be caused by different problems, traditional treatment is usually the same: rest your body so the underlying issue heals. Shin splints can last up to six weeks, and even longer if the affected area is not given appropriate time to rest and repair. In some cases, shin splints can last for months. This can be extremely frustrating, especially for athletes and other highly active individuals where rest and long periods of immobility are not considered a viable option.

Fortunately, Airrosti providers can accurately diagnose and treat the source of the pain associated with shin splints, allowing athletes and other individuals to quickly return to full activity without lifestyle modification or the threat of reoccurring symptoms. Learn more.

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