Shin splints is a term referring to pain in the lower leg that involves the two muscles that run from the knee to the ankle and the side of the foot. Generally shin splints are caused by overuse, inflexibility, lack of stretching or poor form during training. Symptoms include pain on the front or side(s) of the lower leg and occasional aching or swelling anywhere in the lower leg. Acupuncture can reduce the pain of shin splints and also swelling and inflammation. Rest in combination with acupuncture treatments and the application of a medicated liniment daily will provide a fast and effective recovery from shin splints.