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Can dry needling fix shin splints

Shin splints are an incredibly common and often fairly minor injury, but they can have a detrimental impact on daily life. People struggling with shin splints often find it difficult to continue living their active lifestyle. Exercise and even walking can suddenly become excruciatingly painful, hindering people from enjoying the quality of life they deserve.

Luckily, there are plenty of treatment options readily available to help alleviate the pain associated with shin splints. If you’re struggling with shin splints, a physio can help you discover possible options to help your muscles heal. Continue reading as we explain what dry needling is and whether it could be a viable option to help manage your symptoms.

For personalised advice, contact our team at Northern Districts Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic today.

What is Dry Needling?

For many people, the very thought of needles can spark anxiety. This is fully understandable – but, when it comes to dry needling, we can assure you that there’s nothing to worry about.

Dry needling is a common treatment technique nowadays. The aim of dry needling is to release tight muscles and decrease muscular pain with the use of fine sterile needles, so thin that many patients won’t even feel them entering the skin. A physiotherapist will insert the needles into the right spots of a muscle, which is also known as a ‘trigger point’. The needles help to deactivate the trigger point, stimulate blood flow, enhance the body’s natural healing rate, and maintain muscular health.

For a range of muscular conditions, the pain may be treated with a blend of pain relief techniques and lifestyle adjustment. Dry needling may be able to help desensitise tight spots and aggravated trigger points, both releasing tension and helping to stimulate a healing response within the muscular tissue.

What Do Shin Splints Feel Like?

Before you can look into treatment options, it is important to first confirm whether your pain is actually the result of shin splints. While a physio will be able to offer a more thorough assessment and diagnosis, there are a few key symptoms that are telltale signs of shin splints.

Pain is commonly felt on the front and outside of the shin, typically felt when running or walking quickly. When the heel makes an impact against the ground the pain is aggravated, and over time may become constant, the shin itself growing painful to the touch. Alternatively, symptoms may include pain felt inside the leg and above the ankle. Pain can be worsened when rolling the ankle inward or standing on the toes.

Over time, as shin splints progress and worsen, pain is likely to increase. While these symptoms are common indicators of shin splints, they could possibly be signs of other conditions and medical issues. To be certain, you should always see a healthcare provider such as a physiotherapist for a personalised diagnosis.

Can Dry Needling Help With Shin Splints?

Individuals struggling with shin splints may benefit from dry needling. This particular treatment technique can be applied to the lower leg, helping to reduce muscle tightness and tension in key trigger points. This can help to improve muscular flexibility and reduce the pain associated with shin splints. Dry needling may be able to provide immediate relief of painful symptoms after just one session, but the benefits go far beyond short-term relief. This treatment can help speed up the healing process, helping you to recover from your shin splints and reduce the likelihood of repeating the injury in the future.

Dry needling will often be recommended when used in conjunction with other treatments and/or lifestyle changes, such as home exercises and footwear changes.

Other Treatment Options for Shin Splints

Dry needling is far from the only way to help improve shin splint symptoms. The best thing you can do is always to book an assessment with a healthcare provider. Once you’ve received a proper diagnosis, you will be able to discuss your options and the best treatment path forward for your unique case. Here are just a few of the changes you can make to help your shin splints heal:

  • Use rest, ice, compression, and elevation for immediate injury treatment. You can often apply heat for relief once more than 48 hours have passed since the initial injury.
  • Find more supportive and fitting footwear for running and exercise
  • Give your legs a break from your usual levels of high-impact exercise
  • Avoid aggravating the shin splints further

Looking for Dry Needling in West Ryde? Contact NDPE Today

If you’re struggling with pain associated with shin splints, dry needling could be a possible option to help improve healing and alleviate pain. Here at Northern Districts Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic (NDPE), we can provide a range of treatment options and advice to help manage your injury. Book an appointment with one of our experienced physiotherapists today to find out if dry needling could be the right choice for you.


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