Shin splints result when muscles, tendons, and bone tissue become overworked. Shin splints often occur in athletes who've recently intensified or changed their training routines.

The main symptom is pain in the leg.

Treatment includes rest, ice, and pain relievers.

Pain caused by overuse along the shinbone, the large front bone in the lower leg.

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources:  Mayo Clinic and others.

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Cases per year

More than 3 million US cases per year

Usually self-treatable

Usually self-diagnosable

Lab tests or imaging not required

Short-term: resolves within days to weeks

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