THE SALI STUDY (SIGNIFICANT ANKLE LIGAMENT INJURY)& DAY FOUR AFTER INJURY…

It’s four days since I went over on my foot and sprained my ankle. Even with crutches the effort of getting up and downstairs on my back side was playing havoc with my low back but today I think I’ve turned the corner.

I’ve managed on one crutch for most of today and could walk down one step at a time on the stairs and got a fairly good nights sleep last night. I knew the crutches would bother my arm and neck but I forgot about the crawling I had done after I went over on my foot and what trouble the stairs could cause me.

I’ve been religiously doing exercises I found online for a sprained ankle as it soon goes stiff but it’s no where near as swollen as I have been using one of my five a day vegetables to freeze the ankle and reduce the swelling ūüôā

Over the past 48 hours I’ve kept myself busy by making some new handmade cards. I’ve created some new styles to my usual ones using needlecraft and painting some of them. Do let me know what you think of them?

After I’d seen the nurse at A&E she asked me if I would mind joining a study which is researching the recovery from significant ankle ligament injury’s. The purpose of the study called SALI, is all about Osteoarthritis. I will be sent a questionnaires to fill in shortly after my injury, 3 months, 1 Year, 3 Years, 5 Years, 10 Years and 15 years. The study will help them understand why some people who have an ankle injury go on to develop osteoarthritis, and why others don’t.

Of course I said I was happy to take part as this study will mean I am part of and contributing to a large body of research being conducted within The Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis. They said I will be sent updates on the SALI study with a newsletter, and kept up to date with any developments regarding the study, ankle injury prevention and recovery from it, and other news of interest which I can then post on here for others to benefit from.

I really hope I don’t end up developing Osteoarthritis due to this ankle injury and I am now keeping my fingers crossed that my appointment with a spinal consultant on Tuesday will mean that I will soon be booked in for an injection.

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HYDROTHERAPY AS A TREATMENT FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS, BACK PAIN AND FIBROMYALGIA…

 

Research has shown that if you suffer from fibromyalgia or osteoarthritis pain in the knee or hip, then aerobic and stretching exercises in warm water can help to relieve it.

There are three categories of exercises called hydrotherapy: hot water, cold water, and alternating hot and cold water. Hot water is known for stimulating the immune system and is also good for increasing your circulation. Cold water constricts blood vessels and is effective in reducing inflammation.

Using both hot and cold has been found to improve circulation. It was found that water heated to between 32 degrees C to 36 degrees C slightly reduces osteoarthritis pain over three months. They say that hydrotherapy changes lives and has been proven to be a highlyeffective form of natural therapy which works by stimulating the endorphins, which in turn helps you to control pain and alleviate tension.

The hydro bath works by releasing millions of large bubbles, which relax your muscular tension and helps reduce swollen joints, giving you increased mobility and more importantly lessens your pain.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms says that Hydrotherapy is actually one of the oldest types of health treatments in existence today. It still occupies a major place in medicinal treatment throughout China, Japan, and Europe. Believed to have healing properties, water has long been used to treat various illnesses, ranging from gout to depression. The use of thermal spas and baths was introduced by the Romans in the fourth century BC and since then has risen in popularity. Various forms of hydrotherapy are now used in countries all over the world.

Hydrotherapy appears to be particularly effective for those suffering from fibromyalgia. In particular, hydrotherapy techniques help to:

  • reduce muscle pain
  • improve sleep disorders
  • increase mobility
  • reduce stiffness

A variety of studies involving fibromyalgia patients and hydrotherapy have been performed. In one study, fibromyalgia patients were given therapeutic whirlpool baths twice a week for six weeks. Upon conclusion of the study, the patients involved had better muscle and joint function, reduced pain symptoms, and improved sleep quality.

Hydroptherapy UK says the only side effects are as with any water-based activity, caution should be exercised to remain safe from drowning. Almost all hydrotherapy is carried out in pools more shallow than the height of the person using it.

Patients should drink sufficient amounts of water to avoid becoming dehydrated.

The buoyancy of the water can make some activity seem easier, while it is actually working muscles very hard. Patients should get used to how their body feels after a session in order to gauge appropriate levels of activity (i.e. not ‚Äúoverdoing‚ÄĚ it).

The warmth of the water may make a person feel dizzy.

If the hydrotherapy is taking place in a chlorinated pool, the patient should shower immediately after to avoid irritation to their skin.

Arthritis Research has an article on how you can access hydrotherapy through the NHS. They say that hydrotherapy sessions are available on the NHS, and most hospitals have access to hydrotherapy pools. Any member of the healthcare team should be able to refer you to an NHS physiotherapist if they think you might benefit from hydrotherapy. In some parts of the UK you can also refer yourself to a physiotherapist, who’ll assess whether hydrotherapy would be suitable for you. Check with your GP or call your local rheumatology department to find out if an NHS physiotherapist in your area will accept self-referrals.

They also say that scientific studies have shown that hydrotherapy can improve strength and general fitness in people with various types of arthritis. The exercises can be tailored to your individual needs, so you can start slowly and gradually build up your strength and flexibility.

The extra support that the water provides may make you feel like you can do more exercise than normal, so be careful not to overdo it. The exercise and the warmth of the water may make you feel tired after treatment, but this is quite normal. In general, hydrotherapy is one of the safest treatments for arthritis and back pain.

COULD YOUR MATTRESS BE CONTRIBUTING TO YOUR BACK PAIN?…

There is no question of a doubt that a poor mattress can¬†exacerbate your back pain, and rest is an essential part of the treatment for back pain but how do you know if it’s your mattress that is contributing to it?

The Back Pain Expert says that a poorly suited mattress can put your spine out of alignment. Firmness and comfort are key issues, but it should also be noted that weight is an issue too.

Spine Universe comment that the average person spends approximately one third of their life in bed. Yet when it comes to where we sleep, we often do not consider how our mattress can affect our backs. No other piece of furniture in your house is used as often or affects your overall health more than your bed. 

There are a number of different types of mattresses to choose from innerspring, foam, flotation (water beds), and air mattresses, plus the foundation, often called a box spring. One particular company who cater for people with back pain is the N:Rem which is the only orthopaedic mattress with 5 interchangeable support zones. One reviewer wrote having severe back pain for most of my life, this mattress has helped me no end, getting comfortable, falling asleep and waking up without aches and pains, amazing!

It is customisable to your individual needs combining just the right amount of support and comfort to give you your best night’s sleep and was designed for back pain sufferers. You can trial it at home for 100 nights and pay on a payment plan. You can also get your first month FREE on the payment plan using this code BACKPAINBLOG .

Another company who specialises in designer mattresses is the Simba Sleep Mattress who created their mattress after extensively testing it with The Sleep to Live Institute whose research is based on profiling more than 10 million people and 180 million body profile data points. One reviewer put the best sleep you could wish for from a mattress. it cured my back pain, waking up each morning in a Simba mattress is like being on Cloud 9. Absolutely no regrets.

The majority of mattress companies say that if you’ve had your mattress¬†for at least 5 years it’s recommended you are ready for a new one.

With so many mattress company’s on the market and the¬†current state of the mattress industry¬†(hint: shopping for a mattress is definitely moving to be an online experience) It can be really difficult to navigate all the options. Especially if you do purchase a mattress online, like so many people are, without ever feeling the mattress before the purchase. It never hurts to have more resources and more information, you can find more information put together by¬†reviews.com¬†on what to look for¬†here¬†and if you still crave more info the entire resource can be found¬†here. Happy mattress shopping!

 

A CUP OF TEA FOR OSTEOPOROSIS…

Well as if we did not have enough reasons to drink tea, they are now saying that tea can also be the ultimate bone builder for women with Osteoporosis.

Apparently new research based on more than 3,000 women shows that ‘those who had the most flavonoids in their diets had denser and stronger bones’.

Drinking tea and eating fruit and vegetables can give you stronger bones and therefore less problems with Osteoporosis.

Until now the role of flavonoids which you can find in fruit, vegetables, tea, nuts and seeds, had not actually been investigated for their role in the bone and health of humans. But a recent study showed that tea was the ‘main’ source of flavonoids to the diet.

Actually how the fruit and vegetable work is not clear, but the antioxidant effects some flavonoids have are thought to be involved.

According to Save Our Bones the best bone building and health enhancing teas include White Tea, Hibiscus Tea, Rooibos, Chamomile, Green, Dandelion, and Milk Thistle.

So, go and put the kettle on and make yourself a lovely cuppa !!