In “Sports Medicine”, the prevention and treatment of typical sports diseases and sports injuries is the focus. Sport is the number one leisure accident for people with less than 30 years of age.
Sports injuries are sustained by athletes while practicing their sport or occurring as a result of sport. There is a distinction between acute and chronic sports injuries (stress injuries).
Different sports have a characteristic spectrum of sports injuries. They are based on specific motion and stress patterns. Depending on the sport, age and gender, a different frequency and localization of sports injuries can be seen. Whether in private or professional life, football, tennis, golf, athletics, skiing or cycling: an injury happens quickly, even with the appropriate care and preparation!
Physical activity has far more positive health effects than risks. There is an overwhelming amount of scientific evidence on the positive effects of sport and physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, for everyone, whether craftsmen or managers, beginners or professionals after a sports injury usually the same desire applies: to get healthy and fit as soon as possible.
Searching for optimal, speedy recovery and quick return to everyday life, work and sports, GOLDIC medical devices can help the attending physician to achieve these goals for his patients in a better way. The most common injuries are strains or sprains, broken bones, and bruises or superficial injuries.
Statistically, those sports that are most affected by injuries are: football, alpine skiing, handball, tennis and volleyball. Many sports injuries can be treated without surgery.
MOTION IS THE BEST MEDICINE.
Years of research have shown that specially designed gold particles in combination with the patient’s own blood can lead to a successful tissue reaction. The healing process of an injured tissue goes through a complex and precisely regulated series of processes.
GOLDIC is a platform technology for treating a variety of medical conditions. This form of treatment is a special type of individualized medicine. GOLDIC medical devices helps the physician to produce an endogenous, cytokine enriched serum. This serum is anti-inflammatory, pain-reducing and different endogenous stem cells can be activated and differentiated. This stimulates the body’s own REGENERATION CAPACITY.
Ski thumb, tennis elbow, golfer elbow & Co: Almost every sports discipline knows a disease named after it. Incorrect or excessive training may cause symptoms of overuse that are commonly referred to them due to their appearance in specific sports.
Everyone probably knows the term “tennis elbow”. This tendonitis or epicondylitis of the forearm eventually occurs also in non-tennis players. In racket sports the grip size of the sports equipment is often defined as the cause and the deciding factor. But this inflammatory disease can also be triggered by a wrong arm posture in the profession (writing, gardening etc.) or even by a wrong sleeping position.
Typical symptoms include: pain and burning on the outside (lateral side) of the elbow, pain or weakness in twisting and rotating the wrist and pain associated with lifting objects.
A tennis elbow is painful, but at least harmless in the acute variants. Usually, protection and proper rest are enough to cure. Same symptoms (pain and inflammation) occur in the golfer’s elbow, but here the overloading of the forearm flexor muscles on the inside of the elbow joint is responsible. In both, acute and chronic cases (the presence of symptoms over a longer period of time), GOLDIC can offer the doctor a successful treatment alternative.
The most common cause of chronic sports injuries is wrong or excessive stress loading and not cured, acute injuries. Here, there are still chances for healing. Other typical sports injuries using GOLDIC medical devices for treatment include:
- Plantar Fasciitis.
- Irritation of the Achilles Tendon.
- Knee Wear.
- „Runner’s Knee“.
- Shoulder Impingement Syndrome.
- Strain Injury (Tendovaginitis, Epicondylitis).
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Baker – Cyst.
GOLDIC medical products help doctors to enrich anti-inflammatory and regenerative proteins. The serum prepared from the patient’s own blood is injected into the appropriate “defect site”. The healing process is accelerated, the patient is faster pain-free and more resilient.
REGENERATION OF MUSCLE INJURIES.
Muscle injuries account for about 30% of all sports injuries. Their importance is often underestimated, therefore a not healed minor muscle injury often results in a subsequent major injury. The consequences are long training and competition breaks, sometimes even permanent damage.
The healing process can be supported and accelerated by medical measures that are also used in professional sports.
Torn muscle fibre. Poor preparation, lack of warm-up, lack of stretching, sudden, intense muscular effort, but also a badly cured injury or dysfunction (such as muscle strain) can result in the rupture of single or multiple muscle fibers. The symptoms are quickly recognizable: a knife-like pain in the muscles without any forewarning signals; typically for explosive strength performance (sprint or jump disciplines, ball sports, etc.) especially in case of sudden stopping and braking, rapid acceleration or a combination of both. A torn muscle fibre always shows an accompanying bleeding into the muscles (hematoma); depending on severity, a more or less large dent in the muscle is palpable.
Such an injury requires an immediate termination of physical activity and fast therapeutic measures. This treatment is usually carried out according to the so-called RICE method:
- R = Rest
- I = Ice
- C = Compress
- E = Elevate
An experienced sports doctor can judge best how long it will take for a muscle injury to heal. It is important not to strain the injured muscle too early and too strong.
The aim of treatment for muscle injuries with GOLDIC medical devices is the regeneration of the damaged tissue without scarring and a faster wound healing.
The Achilles tendon is the thickest tendon of the human body. However, this tendon was already known in Greek mythology as a weak point of the otherwise invincible Achilles (Achilles heel).
The function of the Achilles tendon is the flexion of the ankle, which means: the forefoot is pulled down forcefully. This movement is essential for kicking the foot while walking and running. The Achilles tendon is exposed to enormously high loads. Above all, the high resistance to dynamic peak loads in sports, that the tendon endures, is admirable.
Achilles tendon complaints can be persistent, and an inflamed or injured Achilles tendon must be treated for its cause in the long term to alleviate or eliminate the symptoms. Reasons for acute pain and irritation of the Achilles tendon are related to its anatomy: The Achilles tendon is surrounded by a thin layer of tissue and slides while moving, in a kind of tube (tendon sheath) of several membranes. To protect against friction, there are layers between the tissues, gelatinous compounds on which the resilience of the tendon depends: The more lubricious the membranes are, the lower the risk of injury is.
Acute inflammation of the Achilles tendon and the bursa associated with it (achillodynia) is a typical running injury. If you go to high training intensities of athletes, the training scope and / or intensity could be increased too fast. Ambitious athletes can tell us a thing or two about it. Typical symptoms are: pain, swelling and overheating of the tendon. The athlete feels an unpleasant pulling in the tendon area and a strong pressure sensitivity of the affected region. The tendon and the surrounding tissue can swell, often the thickening is also palpable.
In chronic Achilles tendonitis, there is a palpable nodule formation through scarred tissue in the tendon. This chronic inflammation causes persistent pain and leads to a weakening of the Achilles tendon (calcification) over time, which can subsequently cause a rupture of the Achilles tendon.
Various cell types play a different role in the individual healing phases. All phases occurring during this process (healing phases) are closely interlinked. They cannot be separated in time or space. GOLDIC medical devices help the treating physician to support these phases. This is particularly important during the proliferation phase of tissue cells (the most important phase of wound healing) to promote the regeneration of the tissue matrix. In this phase, it is decided whether the healing tissue can regenerate, or whether scar tissue will be formed. The latter being severely limiting in function.
INJURIES AND OVERLOADS OF THE KNEE.
In sports, the number of knee injuries has increased widely in recent years, accounting now for almost a quarter of all sports injuries. The great flexibility of the knee can also be a disadvantage, because it can often lead to injuries. There is a risk that ligaments, tendons or menisci overstretch or tear due to severe torsion forces. Ball players and skiers are particularly affected by knee injuries due to rotational motions and forces.
In case of an injury or pain in the knee joint you should consult a physician immediately. Especially ligament instabilities or incarcerations of meniscus or cartilage particles between the joint surfaces (which can progress to complete abrasion of the cartilaginous surface) could become significantly worse over time.
In the event of injury or chronic knee pain, good clinical and imaging diagnostics is essential due to the large number of possible treatment methods.
Excessive strain of the knee joint can also lead to knee pain. Especially for runners, the so-called “runner’s knee” is widespread. First indication for this kind of injury is, that while running pain becomes so severe that the runner has to stop exercising. Most of the physical complaints will disappear until the next running unit. A “runner’s knee” is caused by excessive and incorrect strain on the knee, especially on the outside of the knee. Other possible symptoms of a “runner’s knee” are articular effusion or bursitis.
Treatment with the support of GOLDIC medical products allows the physician an individualized form of autologous blood therapy to successfully treat musculoskeletal disorders.
THE GOLDIC SET 4 / ORTHO & SPORT
With the help of the medical device GOLDIC Ortho & Sport, the doctor in charge stimulates the body’s own regenerative ability with the help of cytokines and growth factors. This is done by significantly increasing the level of gelsolin, as well as an increase of stem cell-specific factors in the body of the patient. Through this “treatment” and “return” of the enriched endogenous serum, the inflammation can be treated with minimal risk of side effects.
During treatment with GOLDIC a small amount of blood is taken from the arm vein; the amount is about the same as that needed for a “conventional” blood test. This blood is incubated in the presence of defined gold particles for 24 hours. Subsequently, the blood cells and the gold particles are separated from the serum by centrifugation. Only the processed, enriched serum is injected in four sessions over a period of about two weeks to the site of the complaints. A special filter prevents that gold particles will be injected together with the enriched serum.
AREAS OF APPLICATION:
- Acute tendon, ligament and muscle injuries
- Tendinosis – Chronic tendinitis (e.g., Achilles tendon, patellar tendon, tennis elbow, etc.).
- Ganglia (joint and tendon cysts).
- Wound healing disorder.