While painful, treating shin splints is actually very simple. But before starting treatment, you must make sure that you have addressed the issues that are causing your shin splints. If you need to, take a look at one of my previous articles for more information about what causes shin splints.

The first thing most people recommend for treating shin splints is ice. However, the truth is ice won’t fix your shin splints. Ice will help to relieve some of the pain associated with shin splints, but it WILL NOT fix them or cure them.

So why use ice to treat shin splint? Simply to help reduce pain! Ice by itself will not make your shin splints all better. It’s not a magic fix, and in fact, if you keep using ice later in the rehab process it will slow down your recovery. But for the simple task of reducing pain, ice is perfect.

Once you’ve got your pain under control (and you’ve taken care of the underlying causes of your shin splints), now it’s time to treat your shin splints properly and speed up the recovery process.

This part of the treatment process is all about increasing blood flow to the damaged tissues and reversing the damage done to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones in your lower legs. How do you do this?

  • Heat,
  • Massage, and
  • Ultrasound.

To learn more about how to treat shin splints and shin splint pain, visit our comprehensive shin splints article for additional information on the points covered in this blog post.

Until next time, stay healthy, keep stretching and God bless.

Kind regards,
Brad Walker
The Stretch Coach

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