Anybody here successfully dealt with chronic shin splints? I used to do a lot of running in high school, and when I first got serious with lifting, I’d do wind sprints after weight training. Somewhere along the line my lower legs just quit on me, and I haven’t ran further than a quarter mile in years … there’s just too much pain.
I’m getting the condition checked out medically, but its kind of a slow process. Mainly I think its because the military is doing it. Anyway, we’re trying to rule out stress fractures (which I’ve had in the past) as well as Compartment Syndrome. My personal feeling is that the source of the problem is mechanical in nature and that strengthening and stabilizion work on the whole leg might really help me out. I guess I could even attribute poor posture to it as well, so there’s another area to tackle.
In the mean time, while the strengthening continues and while the docs are slowly ruling stuff out, any recommendations on other stuff to do? Most PT’s seem to have their own ideas (that don’t always work) about fixing shin splints. But I’d like to hear about a strength trainier’s personal experience here … as long as there is one.
Anything would help. Thanx.