At the beginning of the year, many people make a commitment to lose weight. Some decide to transition from an indoor track or treadmill to running outside.
Depending on the running surface, experience and if you’re increasing mileage, you can get overuse injuries, such as Shin Splints.
So, just what are Shin Splints?
Shin splints are very common in exercise and sport. The term refers to the pain people get along the inner edge of the shinbone (tibia). Shin splints often develop after physical activity and are particularly associated with running. However, any intense athleticism can bring on shin splints, especially if you are new to fitness or a certain type of sport.
Shin splints are generally characterized by a pain along the edge of the tibia. The pain could be sharp or dull and throbbing, along with a swelling of the affected area. One of the most common reasons for shin splints is due to an inexperienced individual, trying to run too far, too soon. By not building up their tolerance to exercise, beginner runners to the sport of running place too much stress on their lower leg, which can then result in pain. Despite this, there can be additional factors that can cause difficulties and pain in your legs. For example, the wrong shoes, not stretching correctly and running on roads that put a large amount of stress on your legs before you are physically ready to tackle them are all issues that can cause shin splints.
Standard treatment for shin splints is to rest the leg to prevent further progression of damage pain. Cold compression is essential to reduce pain, inflammation and swelling around the shin. Applying a Physicool bandage for 30 minutes several times per day will greatly reduce the inflammation and pain.
Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (PRICE) is one of the most recommended approaches for the treatment of a leg injury. The aim is to minimize hemorrhage, swelling, inflammation and pain, to provide the best conditions for healing to take place.
Physicool will treat the inflammation and pain of anterolateral shin splints and posteromedial shin splints in an easy and convenient way. Physicool’s Reusable Cooling Bandage combine’s instant cooling, compression and support. The bandages draw heat away from the inflammation and offers up to 2 and a half hours of cold therapy without needing to be frozen or refrigerated. And with the supplied velcro strap, you can secure the bandage right where you need it the most!
Another advantage of this pain-reducing medical treatment is that its resueable, and machine washable! As long as you have the Coolant Refill (which you can purchase an additional supply) you can reapply it directly to the bandage and continue to provide that cooling treatment again and again.