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OSTC Wishes Good Luck to All the Track and Field AThletes

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District track is this week!  A time when all the running and training done at track practice is finally paying off. 

 Athletes in District 8-3A will meet the first Monday and Thursday in April to decide who will go on to the Area Meet.  District 6-4A Track meet will be April 4 and 5 in Graham. 

OSTC would like to wish good luck to all schools participating in the District Track Meets and can't wait to see the athletes at Area!

Be sure to come visit us at the OSTC Sports Medicine Trailer and get your District Track Shirt!

Can Physical Therapy Help with Shin Splints?

The shinbone or the tibia is the front surface of the lower leg. This part of the body is under constant stress and strain when we walk, jump and run.

An overuse injury happens when a certain threshold of tolerance is crossed. This is a condition called shin splints. Intense pain occurs on the front, inside, outside and at times, the back of the lower leg. If left untreated, this pain can lead to stress fractures of the tibia. Shin splints occur due to damage and inflammation of the muscle tendons attached to the tibia. The pain can be rather unbearable, forcing individuals to take prolonged periods of rest to allow for the inflammation to heal. Physical therapy plays an important role in the treatment of shin splints.

Visit your physical therapist if:

  1. There is a lingering pain after exercising or physical activity. The pain does not subside after 3-4 days of resting and icing the joint or limb.
  2. There is a dull pain, which recurs with activity.
  3. Pain does not resolve with over the counter pain relief medication.
  4. The lower leg is swollen or shows signs of bruising after activities.
Getting You Back on your Feet...

The Recovery Phase

The recovery phase varies and can take between 3 weeks to 6 months. Take it easy and work your way back to your favorite activities under the supervision of the physical therapist. Low or non-impact activities such as swimming, walking, bicycling can pave the way for progressive, load bearing exercises.

The shin splint has healed when:

  • The affected limb has regained strength and flexibility and is now comparable to the unaffected limb.
  • There is no pain while jogging, sprinting and jumping
  • X-rays reveal healed stress fractures

Physical therapy can help you get back on your feet, and every member of our team is standing by to help you. We can help prevent further injury and pain, which is why an appointment should be scheduled at the first sign of discomfort.

The sooner you give us the opportunity to assess the injury and initiate treatment, the faster you will recover. Thank you for your time, and we look forward to helping you get back on your feet.

Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Shin Splints

Tips for Prevention of Shin Splints:

  • Individuals with flat feet should wear well-padded shoes.
  • Warming up the limbs and body followed by stretching is recommended.
  • Wear a neoprene sleeve to keep the lower leg warm
  • At the first sign of shin pain, discontinue the workout.
  • Avoid running on concrete and other hard surfaces.
  • Develop the habit of stretching periodically throughout the day.
  • Lose weight if you are overweight to relieve load on the hip, knee and shin.

Diagnosis of Shin Splints:

The history of the event that triggered the pain is an important clue. A clinical assessment that includes gentle pressure on the shin area and a variety of special tests will be conducted by the physical therapist. Stress fractures, compartment syndrome, nerve entrapment and popliteal artery entrapment are a few of the conditions that must be considered.

Treatment of Shin Splints:

Foundations of treatment include ice and rest.

Gait and footwear analysis

An analysis of how a person walks and runs is an important part of treatment. The wrong mechanism of walking can transmit a great deal of force through the shin to the knee and hip. In such situations, physical therapists will correct gait patterns and recommend footwear with shock absorbing capacity.

Muscle stretches and strengthening

The tibial and peroneal muscles are attached to the shin and must be stretched adequately before any form of exercise. Physical therapy includes various stretches of the foot that will help stretch and warm up these muscles. Strengthening the damaged muscles can also help.

Activity modification

Physical therapists may suggest alternative activities to minimize stress on the shinbones. These can include swimming and cycling.

Range of motion exercises

Exercises for the hip, knee, ankle and foot improve blood circulation, reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

Arch support

The absence or collapse of a normal foot arch can lead to shin splints. Physical therapists will recommend appropriate orthotics that can be custom made for the patient and provide the appropriate amount of arch support.

Orthopaedic and Sports Therapy Center
Spotlight Therapy: MTrigger Personal Bio Feedback Device

MTrigger uses surface EMG pads connected to a portable device to measure the electrical activity produced during a muscle contraction. The electrical activity can be monitored using an Ipad or phone. During your physical therapy session, the Mtrigger device may be used to help patients see their performance in real time and get immediate feedback from their therapists. The mtrigger motivates patients to control interactive biofeedback games and activities, allowing patients to play, train, and track their performance over the course of therapy. Patients can download an app to their phones and keep track of their own progress as well.

OSTC currently has 3 MTrigger devices.  These units are used in house for physical therapy and often sent home with patients to help maximize a patient's home exercise program.  The physical therapist at OSTC love the MTrigger because it can objectively measure muscular deficits.  Patients love the MTrigger device because it is easy to use, completely painfree, and provides a visual representation of their progress.

What People are Saying about OSTC:

• Everything is great!

• Appreciated being known by first name. Made experience more comfortable

• I am very happy with the service at OSTC and have enjoyed my experience as far as service

• OSTC has an incredible reputation in WF 100% satisfied

• Everyone is always happy to help you improve

• Staff was willing to change my appointment times to fit with my work schedule

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