To help manage pain, bleeding and inflammation associated with shin bruising, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). It is also helpful to maintain a gentle stretch position.
In the first 24 to 48 hours after injury, the RICE method is most effective in controlling pain, bleeding and swelling, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. During the rest period, activities involving the affected area should be stopped and crutches may be useful. Ice packs should be applied in 20 minute increments. Also, the shin should be gently wrapped in a soft bandage and elevated above heart-level.