shin splints or medial tibial stress syndrome
The shinbone 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' refers.
Shin splints are common in running 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 physical therapy product we suggest to aid recovery 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
SportsMed treatment guide
|Pain relief||RELIEVE||Low to medium||Minimum 60 minutes||On demand|
|Muscle soreness||RELIEVE||Low||Several hours||Daily for 1 or 2 days|
|Scar tissue||RELIEVE||Low||Several hours||Daily as needed|
|Soft tissue healing||RECOVER||Medium||10 to 20 minutes||3 times per day|
|Circulation||RELIEVE or RECOVER||Low||60 minutes||as often as needed|
|Rehabilitation||EXERCISE||Medium||5 to 15 minutes||3 times per day|
|Rehabilitation||EXERCISE||Medium to high||10 to 20 minutes||3 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|