How long does medial tibial stress syndrome take to heal?
Almost everyone makes a full recovery from MTSS. It can take anywhere from three weeks to four months. The longer the condition has persisted, the longer it usually takes. Measuring the amount of pain can be important throughout the rehabilitation process.
What is the fastest way to heal a tibial stress fracture?
- taking a break from high-impact activity until you’re fully healed.
- elevating your leg and applying ice for 10 minutes to ease pain and swelling.
- taking over-the-counter (OTC) anti-inflammatory medicine.
- using crutches to keep weight off your shin while you heal.
- physical therapy.
What does a tibial stress fracture feel like?
Symptoms are very similar to ‘shin splints’ with gradual onset pain on the inside of the shin. Individuals suffering from a tibial stress fracture typically feel an aching or burning (localized) pain somewhere along the bone. Swelling may be present at the fracture site.
What are two causes of medial tibial stress syndrome?
Medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints often occur in athletes who have recently intensified or changed their training routines. The increased activity overworks the muscles, tendons and bone tissue.
Can you walk with shin splints?
Shin splints is usually not a serious injury, but it can make it hard to walk or do the things you do every day if you don’t take care of them. Rest, ice, better shoes, or lower-impact exercise can all help reduce the symptoms and risks of shin splints.
Can I walk with tibial stress fracture?
Doctors do not recommend walking when you have a stress fracture because it may reopen the partially healed fracture, and you may have to begin the recovery process again. Although you can walk, doctors would recommend staying away from hard surfaces and not walking long distances.
What exercises can I do with a tibial stress fracture?
Exercise that does not stress your fracture site is encouraged as increased circulation is essential for optimal bone healing. Biking, pool work, elliptical, or Ultra G are encouraged as they will increase blood flow and facilitate healing. Pain is your best guide.
Can you walk with a stress fracture in the tibia?
What muscles are affected by medial tibial stress syndrome?
The soleus muscle, the flexor digitorum longus muscle, and the deep crural fascia all originate along the medial aspect of the tibia. The sheering forces from the soleus muscle biomechanically appear to be the major cause of MTSS, with contributions from the flexor digitorum longus and the crural fascia.
How do you test for medial tibial stress syndrome?
MRI is the preferred imaging modality for identifying MTSS as well as a higher grade bone stress injury such as a tibial stress fracture. Nuclear bone scans are a reasonable alternative but are less specific and sensitive than MRI. MRI findings include periosteal edema and bone marrow edema.