Shin muscle

The shinbone [or tibia] is the large bone in the front of the lower part of the leg.

Shin splints [or medial tibial stress syndrome] refers to pain along or just behind the shinbone. This injury may occur when muscles at the front of the shins are subjected to increased workload. In other words, shin splints are a type of "overuse injury" to the legs.

Pain can be experienced anywhere along the lower leg, from the knee to the ankle. However, pain felt on the inner side of the shinbone is called 'medial shin splints', while pain felt on the outer side of the leg is called 'anterior shin splints'.

Shin splints are common in running sports and activities with sudden stops and starts, as well as sports that apply extreme pressure to the legs. 10-15% of running injuries are shin splints.

When you return to exercise, you should do so gradually over a few weeks. Running on soft, level ground, and wearing sturdy shoes with insoles for arch support., should also help avoid a recurrence of the injury.

SportsMed TENS therapy

After a diagnosis of shin splint your injury management plan should include treatment as often as possible.

SportsMed is the TENS, ECS and EMS machine we suggest to aid repair of a shin splint.

SportsMed electrotherapy can be used everyday - outside the clinic - for drug-free, on-demand pain relief. It is also designed and programmed to aid circulation, reduce inflammation, hasten healing and help with muscle strengthening.

  • RELIEVE mode:
    • Pain relief (modulated low and high frequency TENS; continuous, comfortable intensity)
    • Early stage injury treatment (modulated low to medium frequency ECS; continuous, low intensity)
  • RECOVERY mode - injury healing
    • Later stage injury treatment (modulated low to medium frequency EMS and ECS; surging, medium intensity)
  • EXERCISE mode - muscle strengthening
    • Rehabilitation stage (high frequency EMS; surging, medium to high intensity)

Pad placement - Shin splints

Shin splints electrode placement

SportsMed treatment guide

Purpose ModeIntensity TimeHow often
Pain relief RELIEVELow to medium Minimum 60 minutesOn demand
Muscle soreness RELIEVELow Several hoursDaily for 1 or 2 days
Scar tissue RELIEVELow Several hoursDaily as needed
Soft tissue healing RECOVERMedium 10 to 20 minutes3 times per day
Circulation RELIEVE or RECOVERLow 60 minutesas often as needed
Rehabilitation EXERCISEMedium 5 to 15 minutes3 times per day
Rehabilitation EXERCISEMedium to high 10 to 20 minutes3 times per day
On RELIEVE mode – muscles should not contract or twitch
On RECOVER mode – muscles should contract, mildly
On EXERCISE mode – muscles should contract, mildly or strongly – as required
SportsMed for shin injury

SportsMed TENS, ECS and EMS
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