Patient: S.H. 23 y.o. female
Last march, I was running and doing the stair master. My leg seemed to be bothering me but I have suffered from shin splints in the past. Some say to run through them, some say not to. I tried running through them as I had done previously. However, the pain was getting worse and worse to the point that I was limping out of the gym. I decided to stop running. I continued the stair master and weight lifting. That still bothered me. I was icing it every day. Nothing helped. I eventually stopped the stair master and just lifted. I moved home from California in June and decided it was time to start running again. It was something I was looking forward to. I decided I was going to train for a half marathon. I started running. It started bothering me immediately again and I assumed it was pure shin splints. I tried to run through them again. The pain went away while I ran and came back about 5 minutes after I left the gym. I then went on a long run, about 6.5 miles. After 5 minutes after getting off the treadmill, I knew that I did something serious to my leg. That night, I was in tears and couldn’t sleep. My leg even hurt to the touch.
I didn’t have to stand on it to feel pain. I noticed that the pain was in one specific area on my shin and not up and down the entire shin as my shin splints had been. I went to an orthopedic. He put me in a boot and on crutches. He took X-rays and saw no fracture. He saw the fracture in an MRI. I stayed off of my leg for 6 weeks. It still hurt. Then, I quit my job so I wasn’t standing on it all day. I have tried to start running on it since the injury and it always ends up hurting. I tried icing it again. I had been back multiple times and every time he was in shock that it still hurt. He claimed it was impossible. He didn’t understand. After a while, I think he was at a loss of options and told me to go for physical therapy. I couldn’t seem to make sense of this considering that it was a bone injury, not muscle. I thought that it could actually make the fracture worse depending on what they did. I never went back to him. I started HBOT.
After my first few sessions, I realized I could no longer feel it first thing when I stepped out of bed in the morning. There was a bump on my tibia from the fracture that felt like a bad bruise. As my sessions progressed, the swelling went down. Now that 8 or 9 sessions are completed, I literally cannot find the spot on my tibia where I fractured my leg. I could always feel this up until my HBOT. There is no pain at all. I started eliptical machine and I have had no problems so far. I am hoping to start running again soon as long as I get your approval to do so.
I will help you with whatever I can, and spread the word of the amazing healing powers of bone healing expedited with Hyperbaric Medicine! You have helped me much in the past!
Thank you for everything,