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Trauma related shin splints

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 05 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1560

Shin splints are symptoms, not a diagnosis

  1. Robert Ashford, Orthopaedic registrar. (
  1. Sandwell District General Hospital, West Bromwich B71 4HJ
  2. Department of Nuclear Medicine, Royal Hospital Haslar, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 2AA

    EDITOR—Macleod et al's comment that bone scans were abnormal if stress fractures or shin splints were present1 is inaccurate. Shin splints are a clinical feature (posteromedial tibial pain and tenderness) rather than a diagnosis.

    Isotope bone scanning forms part of the investigation of tibial pain. The three commonest causes of such pain …

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