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When to Ice, When to Heat

Posted 11 May 2015 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 10, 2015 – Athletes aren't always sure whether to use heat or ice on injuries and aches and pains, so here is some advice from experts. If you suffer a sudden sports injury, you should follow a recovery program known as RICE: rest, ice, compression, elevation. "Elevation is probably the most important thing because it limits the amount of blood flow to the area and the amount of swelling," Dr. Scott Lynch, director of sports medicine at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, said in a center news release. Applying cold is important because it helps narrow blood vessels, preventing blood from accumulating at the injury site and causing too much inflammation and swelling that can delay healing. Icing an injury for the first 48 to 72 hours reduces the amount of secondary tissue damage and can also ease pain, said Dr. Cayce Onks, a family and sports medicine doctor at the medical ... Read more

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Achilles Tendon Can Handle Downhill Running: Study

Posted 17 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 – The Achilles tendon can handle downhill running better than previously thought, says a study that offers good news for distance runners. The key is to transition gradually to downhill running, the Brigham Young University researchers noted. "Runners can know it is safe to transition to downhill running and include it in normal training and racing," study author Katy Andrews Neves said in a university news release. "Though there are greater forces placed on your body during downhill running, the benefits can outweigh the risks." She and her colleagues monitored 20 female runners while they ran on a treadmill at three grades – 6 percent downhill grade, level and 6 percent uphill grade – on separate days. None of the grades put the Achilles tendon, which runs down the back of the lower leg, at increased risk for injury, they discovered. "Over time, runners adapt ... Read more

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Tendon Injuries May Be Linked to Estrogen Levels in Female Athletes

Posted 14 Sep 2010 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 14 – The risk of tendon injuries appears to be greater in female athletes with naturally higher levels of estrogen, a small European study suggests. The findings suggest it may be a good idea to test estrogen levels in order to identify at-risk athletes so that extra precautions can be taken when planning their training program, said Katherine E. Burgess, of the University of Salford in Manchester, England, and colleagues in a news release. In this study, researchers examined the knee tendons and estrogen levels at different times during the menstrual cycle in 23 active young women. None of the participants were taking birth control pills, which alter hormone levels. The tendons in women with higher estrogen levels had differences in their mechanical properties, such as elongation and torque, that may lead to increased risk of injury. However, the researchers found no ... Read more

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For Achilles Overuse, Plasma Injections Look No Better Than Placebo

Posted 13 Jan 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13 – A new treatment for overuse injury of the Achilles tendon doesn't appear to be effective, a new study shows. Researchers in the Netherlands concluded that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are no better than placebo in reducing pain or improving a patient's ability to be active. The study included 54 patients, aged 18 to 70, with chronic Achilles tendinopathy. All the patients did eccentric exercises (stretching the Achilles tendon while contracting the calf muscle) and were randomly selected to receive either a PRP injection or saline injection. Both groups showed significant improvement in pain reduction and increased activity within 24 weeks after the start of the study. "Among patients with chronic midportion Achilles tendinopathy treated with an eccentric exercise program, a PRP injection compared with a saline injection did not result in greater ... Read more

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