Shin splints are caused by excessive force on the shinbone and the connective tissues that attach your muscles to the bone. Shin splints are commonly associated with sports that require a lot of running or weight bearing activity. You can get more information from the www.mayoclinic.com/health/shin-splints/DS00271/DSECTION=causes website.
I had shin splints, and the chiropractor informed me that in most cases, shin splints occur as a result of a period of inactivity followed by a sudden, extreme physical exercise. However, in my case, it simply resulted from overuse, and the cure was to rest. Hope this helps.
Ice after running, heat before running. That is what we did when I ran cross country in high school and college. In time they go away, but do not bump anything with your shins during this time. Otherwise you may scream from the pain. I remember in school how the desks had cross bars that where shin high. I think the designer knew this the evil jerk... it kept me awake.
"Shin splints" is an umbrella term used to describe many problems. It can be tiny tears in muscle or surrounding layer of connective tissue (fascia), which surrounds every muscle fiber, deeper micro-tearing in other compartments of the lower leg, or simply the front most muscle of the lower leg coming off the bone. They result, also, from a range of things: running on harder surfaces, i.e. concrete, the street, or a gym floor, overuse, under-use (both mentioned above), or even preexisting injuries that never healed properly. The correct treatment will sound harsh, but is absolutely necessary to heal: stop whatever it is you're doing to flare it up for the next six weeks, and ice each day for 15 minutes at a time. See a doctor.