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History of shin splints. Lump on shin. Fracture or build up of damaged muscle fibres?

Hi, I have been suffering from shin splints for many years, they come they go.... However now I ve noticed that I have a painful lump on the front of my left shin (Dorsi flextion increases the pain) however the pain is always there.. Im a personal trainer for a living, so really need pain free legs.... And my favourite thing to do in the gym is... Run I ve researched into shin splints, and it s mentioned there is a stress fracture how do I tell if its a fracture or a build up of damaged muscle fibres??? Tha you
Asked On : Thu, 28 Mar 2013
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Anesthesiologist 's  Response
hello,thanks for using HCM
shin sprints are aching and throbbing of shin muscles after
seen in sprinters,dancers,athletes,physically active people etc
causes are1.IRRITATED SWOLLEN MUSCLES FROM OVERUSE
2.STRESS FRACTURES,HAIRLINE FRACTURES
3.FLAT FOOT OR OVER PRONATION..

PREVENTION..1.ALWAYS WARM UP BEFORE WORKOUT,2.WEAR PROPERLY PADDED SUPPORTED SHOES..3.DO NOT WORKOUT ON HARD OR CONCRETE SURFACES..4..STOP WORKING OUT AS THE PAIN STARTS
..TREATMENT..CONSULT AN ORTHOPAEDICIAN TO RULE OUT FRACTURE BY X RAY OR BONE SCAN..THEN
REST,PAIN KILLERS,APPLY ICE,ARCH SUPPORTS,MOTION EXERCISE,PHYSIOTHERAPY ON DRS ADVICE..
AFTER HEALING WHEN NO PAIN,NO FRACTURE,NO SWELLING GO BACK TO YOUR EXERCISE SLOW AND STEADY AND IF PAIN REOCCURS CHANGE YOUR WORKOUT TO OTHER...
hope my advice is useful,get well soon
Answered: Fri, 19 Jul 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. K. Naga Ravi Prasad's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Shin splints (Stress fractures) occurs generally due to REPETITIVE OVERLOAD activities causing strain over a same area for extended period of time and results in micro fractures.

The area will be tender to palpation (feel) at the fracture site.In the acute setting, Xrays will be negative but over a period of time may show evidence of fracture healing around the site.

An MRI scan clearly shows up whether its a shin splint or a damaged muscle.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Fri, 19 Jul 2013
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