Testing & Diagnosis for Shin Splints in Children


At Children’s Hospital Boston, we know that the first step to treating your child is forming an accurate, timely diagnosis. To diagnose shin splints, your child’s orthopedic specialist will take a medical history and perform a physical exam on your child.

The doctor will also get x-rays to make sure there isn’t a true fracture. But because children can have stress fractures and damage to their growth plates that can’t be seen on x-rays, the clinician may use MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and, rarely, a bone scan to get detailed images of the injury and verify that there is—or isn’t—a fracture.

If you live far from Boston, we can help

As an international pediatric orthopedics center, Children’s treats young patients from all over the world. Our International Center assists families residing outside the United States: We facilitate the medical review of patient records; coordinate appointment scheduling; and help families with customs and immigration, transportation, hotel and housing accommodations.

Our Orthopedic Clinical Effectiveness Research Center (CERC)

The Orthopedic Clinical Effectiveness Research Center (CERC) was established by Children’s Orthopedic Center to improve the quality of life for children with musculoskeletal disorders. This collaborative clinical research program is unique in the nation and is playing an instrumental role in establishing, for the first time, evidence-based standards of care for pediatric orthopedic patients throughout the world.