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Runner having shin splint pain. Stress fracture ruled out. What else?

My daughter is a runner, has been running for 5 yrs (is 20 yrs old now) and running track in college. She was told she was having shin splint pain(dealing with and being treated as she has been running) the last 3 months. Just last week they thought she had a stress fracture and sent her to the doctor. They took scans and sent her to specialist. The specialist says that her shin looks like someone who has been in an accident, or has had a series of fractures over the last five years. What could be causing this?
Asked On : Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi!. Thanks for your query. I feel your daughter may be suffering from lower levels of calcium which could have led to multiple fractures. Could be osteoporotic / stress fractures due work out. Follow the advice of your doctor.
Answered: Wed, 3 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 is generally a self limiting condition and usually resolves within few weeks with rest.
Repetitive stress and loading over the bone (tibia) while running ( as in the case of your daughter) might have resulted in micro fractures of the cortex over a period of time giving the typical appearance as having a series of fractures.
Hope this is informative
Answered: Wed, 3 Jul 2013
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