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Current topics of information:

  • Proprioception
  • Anti inflammatories
  • Cortisone injections
  • ACC information available online
  • Sports Medicine websites

Proprioception

Winter sports are with us with lots of knee and ankle sprains. Proprioception exercises can help prevent lower limb injuries and help to rehabilitate you if you are unfortunate enough to have one.

Proprioception is the body's awareness of exactly where it is in space. By practicing balance exercises you can strengthen muscles in the lower limb, improve their team work, agility and coordination.

For example if your brain knows exactly the angle your ankle is on before the foot hits the ground it can turn on the right muscles to support it as it takes the weight so you don't "roll your ankle".

Below are some exercises you can do on a Wobble board. We have Wobble boards for sale at the Practice. Come in and see us.

Anti inflammatories

Anti inflammatories are regularly prescribed by doctors to help your physiotherapy work.

The most commonly known brand names are Voltaren, Brufen and Naprosyn. Some of the newer ones being advertised are Vioxx and Celebrix which are reported to be gentler on the stomach.

If you are taking NSAIDS there are several steps you can take to reduce the risks of side effects - namely stomach pain, diarrhoea and stomach ulcers.

  1. stop smoking
  2. drink limited amounts of alcohol
  3. do not take more than the doctor recommends
  4. take them as prescribed - with food (milk and bread are good for lining the stomach)
  5. take a drug that may prevent ulcers (Zantac, Losec) 

Did you know the following over the counter meds are also NSAIDS?

Don't Double up with your Voltaren!

  • Disprin
  • Asprin
  • Cataflam
  • Pirophen
  • Codcomol
  • Aspro
  • Nurofen
  • Coda Forte 

Cortisone - click here for more information

ACC Brochures

For more information refer to ACC's wide range of brochures on Sports Medicine topics (by clicking on the following):

ACC also has online information on Concussion, Hamstring Injuries, Ankle injuries, Shoulder injuries, and Knee injuries at www.acc.co.nz

The following websites may also be of interest:

http://orthom.com/index.phtml?nc=&dl=orthom.progs&s_s=4&dt=3
http://www.clinicalsportsmedicine.com/