Shin splints are the result of overworking the shin muscles which start off as dull muscle aches and can progress to shooting pains and noticeable swelling. Shin splints may happen in the dominant leg only or in both legs at the same time.
There are a number of treatments available to treat the condition, many of which are fairly inexpensive and can be done at home on your own.
1. Muscle recovery
Appropriate rest is an integral component of any workout or exercise routine. Muscle recovery is important in the sense that it prevents stressing out already worked muscles. Once damaged, the muscles try to resolve the situation by overcompensating and forming extra attachment sites.
This means the formation of abnormal adhesions that put added pressure on the injured site. So starting slow and taking rest and recovery days in between workouts will minimize shin pain.