I am conducting a research trial looking at a form of ultrasound therapy for treating shin splints. There is some building evidence that this may be useful to sufferers of this difficult condition, but I need more volunteers to participate in my trial to be confident in my results.
Can you help? If you are able to advertise the trial to your running clubs I would be most appreciative.
I have attached an ad for participants as well as a brief outline below.
Thank you for your help.
Our recent Media Release;
UC research could help runners kiss shin pain goodbye
Runners afflicted by shin pain could have a chance of effective improvement thanks to a novel treatment being developed by University of Canberra researchers.
Assistant Professor in physiotherapy, Mr Phil Newman, and colleagues are developing a novel application to effectively treat a condition called medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), or shin splints, which is an old problem affecting runners.
“One in three runners may develop MTSS,” Dr Newman said. “Once you get it, it’s hard to get rid of it and in many cases, the pain not only disrupts training but it can even affect everyday activities.”
Until now, there hasn’t been any successful treatment for the condition. But Mr Newman and his team are looking at using pulses of sound in a concentrated point of impact on the affected tissue to improve the repair process.
These pulses are known as extracorporeal shockwave therapy. “This therapy has been successfully used for the treatment of tendon injuries in the heel, foot and shoulder for many years,” Mr Newman said. “It uses sound pulses to trigger a repair response in the targeted tissues and has a very low adverse side-effect rate.”
Dr Newman is looking for participants to take part in this study which will investigate the effectiveness of extracorporeal shockwave therapy versus a placebo therapy in those affected with MTSS.
To take part in the study, participants need to be 18 years of age or more and suffer from shin pain as a consequence of exercise. If interested in participating in the study and for more information on it, please contact Mr Newman via email:
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