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#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 22: Do water aerobics

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 22: Do water aerobics

FIFA World Cup soccer players are very acrobatic. Players on the defensive side come up with creative ways to deflect the ball from the line of danger. Offensive players score with an acrobatic header or a strike – like the famous flying header from Holland’s Robin van Persie during the Group B match at this year’s World Cup™. Water aerobics can help strengthen your core muscles and help develop your skills as a soccer player. Water sports  can also help a soccer player maintain his cardiovascular fitness during the off season. 

Today’s #Goals4Arthritis is to do water aerobics.

#Goals4Arthritis BannerWater aerobics can be beneficial to someone living with arthritis as the water cushions stiff and painful joints or fragile bones that may be injured by the impact of land exercises. When you are immersed to the waist in water, your body bears just 50% of its weight; at the chest, it’s 25%-35%; and at the neck, it’s 10%. Water provides 12 times greater resistance than air. Another benefit of water is that it cools your body and prevents it from overheating during exercise.

In an interview with WebMD, Julie See, president of the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) in Nokomis, Fla. said: “Water is democratic. Once you’re in the pool, we’re all the same. There’s less intimidation than walking into an aerobics studio surrounded by mirrors. You don’t have to wear a swimsuit. If you’re more comfortable, wear Lycra pants and a T-shirt. And it doesn’t matter if you’re on the wrong foot. As long as you’re moving, you’re getting the benefit.”

To get you started, here is a list of water aerobic exercises from Healthy Living that you can do: Continue reading

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 11: Strike the pose: Yoga everyone!

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 11: Strike the pose: Yoga everyone!

Everyone, especially high performance athletes like FIFA World Cup players, is susceptible to developing osteoarthritis if they do not receive the proper rehabilitation for their joint injuries.

Risk factors for osteoarthritis include a family history of the disease, excess body weight, age, joint injury, and repeated overuse of a joint.

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One way for athletes and active individuals to get back in shape after sustaining a joint injury (and an excellent way to avoid injury) is to start low impact exercises such as yoga. Today’s #Goals4Arthritis is to find some time this Sunday for yoga.

Check out this video for some specific yoga poses for soccer.

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 2: Strengthen your ankles!

Today’s #Goals4Arthritis will be dedicated to David Villa, Spain’s all-time leading international scorer – the goal is to strengthen your ankles. Villa is participating in the  FIFA World Cup™ after missing international qualifying matches in 2013  due to arthritis in his left ankle. Villa has had a storied career, playing for Valencia, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid player, and recently signed with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer, meaning fans in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal will soon be seeing this arthritis athlete in action. He will be retiring after the 2014 World Cup.

Goals4Arthritis BannerVilla starred in Spain 2-0 warm-up match victory on June 7, 2014 against El Salvador. Villa was right on target – he scored a header in the 60th minute followed by another goal in the 87th minute, increasing his personal best to 58 goals. Asked to comment on the upcoming match against the Netherlands on Friday, June 13, Villa said, “We still have days to fine-tune and work and I believe that we are prepared to start.” Read the full article here.

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Like World Cup athletes who injured themselves during the game, rehabilitative and strengthening exercises is a key to recovery, and helps to prevent and manage pain. With ankle injuries being one of the most common sports injury, our #Goals4Arthritis today is to do exercises that will strengthen your ankles. Below is a an excerpt from the Globe and Mail’s “Weak Ankles? Seven easy exercises that will save you from rolling them again”:

  • Standing calf raises: Lift yourself up on your toes for 15 reps. To increase the challenge, stand on one leg or hold weights.
  • Heel walks: Lift the front of your foot off the floor. Balance on your heels and walk across the room. 
  • Hand-Foot War: Put your right hand against the outside of your right foot. Push your hand into your foot. Resist the push with your foot. Next, place your hand on the inside of your right foot and repeat the push-resist sequence. Switch and repeat with your left foot.
  • Towel pulls: Place one bare foot on a towel. Grab the towel with your toes. Lift your heel, pull the towel taut, then repeat the toe grabs. Continue for the length of the towel.

Note we have included only four of the seven exercises because we believe this to be a good starting point. As you feel your ankles getting stronger, you can try the other exercises.


People with rheumatoid arthritis are living longer

Big Ben Clock in United KingdomA researcher in the United Kingdom has reported that the life expectancy for people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has increased over the past 25 years. In an interview with MedPage Today, Sam Norton, PhD, of King’s College in London reports: “The average age at death for RA patients in cohort that enrolled patients between 1986 and 1998 was 76.7 years, while for a cohort that enrolled patients between 2002 and 2012, the average age of death was 86.7.” Continue reading

Big Data: e-health records reveals useful info about arthritis

Treasure Chest ListBig data from electronic health (e-health) records reveals useful information about arthritis such as the connection between allergies and uveitis in juvenile arthritis and an increased risk of epilepsy in people living with autoimmune diseases. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, “big data generally refers to information that is too large – terabytes to petabytes or even exabytes of memory – to process with older standards of processing power.”

A recent study shows that patient information collected during routine checkups help doctors improve patient care and provide better diagnosis for their patients. A routine checkup can reveal X-rays, blood tests, written observation, and treatments or diagnosis prescribed by the doctor. When researchers access this data, the data is disassociated with the name of the patient but can still provide valuable information that reveal environmental, social, and medical factors that may influence the quality of patient care.

Below are some successful case studies: Continue reading

3D printer provides new hip joint and hope for 71-year-old woman

PrinterBritish surgeons implanted a first-of-its-kind hip joint made on a 3D printer on 71-year-old Meryl Richards. The implant is held together with the patient’s own stem cells. After the surgery, Richards was able to walk unassisted.

The implant is made from titanium metal and was tailor-made for Richards using precise measurements taken from detailed body scans. Before this operation, Richards had six other hip replacements that left her pelvis very weak – to the point where her leg had punched a hole through the bone. As a result, one leg was two inches shorter, causing immense pain and making her disabled and wheelchair bound.

Would you implant a 3D printed joint or bone? What are some concerns you may have?  Continue reading