Shin splints can be a real pain for athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike, often manifesting as a nagging, aching pain in the lower leg. Whether you’re a runner, a dancer, or someone who enjoys a brisk walk, you’ve likely heard of, or experienced this condition.
Recent research has gone in-depth into understanding the causes and effects of this condition. This can help to offer fresh insights and allow patients to explore innovative treatment avenues, including MBST.
What Are Shin Splints?
Shin splints, medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome, occur when there’s pain along the inner edge of the shinbone (tibia). This condition is commonly seen in people who engage in moderate to heavy physical activity and is particularly prevalent among runners.
The symptoms typically include sharp or dull aching in the front part of the lower leg. This discomfort can be aggravated by physical activities, affecting your training routine and overall quality of life.
Latest Findings on the Causes and Effects of Shin Splints
Two recent studies have offered valuable insights into the science of shin splints, enhancing our understanding of both their causes and effects.
Researchers at the University of Calgary focused on the role of running speed, utilising motion sensor technology to track the leg movements of 17 volunteers. The participants ran on treadmills at various speeds and inclines while sensors gathered data on force, acceleration, and leg movement speed. This data was analysed using a specialised computer program. It calculated the resulting strain on the shin bones and muscles, finding that running speed had the most significant impact on the onset.
A second study by the University of Michigan focused on muscular impact. For the first time, ultrasound technology was used to examine the legs and feet of adolescent runners, with and without shin splints.
Compared to healthy runners, those with the condition had decreased muscle and tendon size in their feet and calves. They found that more muscles were compromised than previously thought, and the quality of certain muscle fibres also decreased, signalling a loss of strength.
The study also suggested that injuries in the lower leg could lead to abnormalities higher up, like in the knee tendons. The researchers highlighted the value of musculoskeletal ultrasound in formulating rehabilitation plans.
What Are your Treatment Options?
For years, the go-to treatment has been the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation). This approach aims to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen are also often recommended.
In more severe cases, medical interventions such as physical therapy to improve running form, or orthotics to correct imbalances may be suggested.
If conventional treatments haven’t worked for you, it might be time to explore MBST. This groundbreaking therapy uses magnetic fields to stimulate the cells in the affected area, encouraging natural healing processes.
Unlike other methods, MBST addresses the root cause of the pain, not just the symptoms. It has proven to help with various musculoskeletal issues, making it a promising alternative for those suffering from shin splints.
By understanding your options, from conventional treatments to innovative methods like MBST, you can make an informed decision about how to manage and potentially eliminate the pain from shin splints.
Book an appointment to discover whether MBST could be an ideal treatment option for you.