My problem is shin splints (in the calf mascles) that haven’t healed for over 6 months. I’ve been badly treated and now I’m in the chronic phase. The injury was caused because of intense exercise (samba dancing) without building fitness gradually.
I’ve seen: Chinese Orthopaedic Specialist, Podiatrist, Sport Physician, Rolfing therapist, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Osteopath.
I’ve taken the following checks: bone scan, X-Ray, MRI and a compartment syndrome test.
The bone scan and the X-Ray indicated that there was no stress fracture.
The MRI check indicated inflammation and tightness in the connective tissues. Also, the tissues were thorn below the knee (from behind).
There is no compartment syndrome.
The Chinese Orthopaedic Specialist treated me with acupuncture and some electric shocks for 3 months, which only caused me pain and possibly didn’t let the mascles rest.
The Sport Physician told me to do exercises of standing on my toes (up and down) 3 times a day and stretch the mascles against the wall. This caused me pain and the Orthopaedic Surgeon told me after the MRI that this was a wrong advise, as the mascles that were inflamed were those that support body weight; and that I should have stretched the mascles sitting down.
During the 3rd month from the injury I tried ice messaging. The Chinese Orthopaedic Specialist also tried to break the tightness in the connective tissues by force and asked me to do it at home as well, which I did for a month (the 3rd/4th month). This possibly increased the inflammation.
I took anti-inflammatory medication for two months (first Mobic and then Celebrex), but only in the 4th and 5th months from the injury. This didn’t change my feeling at all.
Recently, I’ve been treated with ultra sound and stretching exercises twice a week by an Osteopath. She also changed the orthotics that the podiatrist made for me. The podiatrist just fixed my old orthotics (that were a couple of years old), without taking measurements of my feet. Also, they were made of soft material, which hadn’t supported me well according to the Osteopath. However, I’m not confident that the current orthotics support me best as well.
The Osteopath has also suggested that there is no guarantee that this problem would be solved at all, as 6 months down the track it’s in the chronic stage and the body has got used to the inflammation that it might be impossible to heal from that.
I’m able to walk, but standing up on one spot causes me pain. I swim 3 times a week and also cycled for a couple of months following some advise from the Chinese Orthopaedic Specialist; but has stopped it a month ago following the Osteopath’s order.
By the way, I’ve done a blood test and all was fine. Also, I’ve been taking glucosamine and fish oil for 4 months.
I’m so desperate and disappointed of not being able to solve this problem. Each doctor / therapist has got a different view and takes a different approach, but no one has been able to help.
I guess my question is: Do you think I may stay disabled for the rest of my life, or do you see any solution? I’m way beyond depression and will do anything to solve this. Would really appreciate any advise.
Thanks so much,