Shin splints, medically referred to as medial tibial stress syndrome or MTSS, can be a painful condition often leaving runners no option but to discontinue training. The injury involves damage to the muscle insertions along the medial part of the tibia, or lower leg. Standard treatments of ice and anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) may help temporarily alleviate pain, but they can actually make the tissues weaker by inhibiting blood flow and interrupting healing, resulting in a recurrence of the condition.
Acupuncture, and myofascial treatments such as graston technique often administered by chiropractors and physical therapists, can provide definite improvements beyond the standard therapies, yet some patients continue to struggle with the condition long term. Prolotherapy injections directly to the region of pain can actually strengthen the damaged tissue resulting in decreased pain and sustained healing. The injections can be done alone or in tandem with other modalities. A recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, helps support the effectiveness of prolotherapy for shin splints.