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Author/s: Nicholas Drake
Individuals suffering from "tennis elbow" or "golf elbow"
may have a new way to treat their injuries, according toDanish researchers.
Combining antioxidants and essential fatty acids appears to be an effective
treatment for inflammatory injuries, reported Soren Mavrogenis, a physiotherapist
with Denmark's Olympic Committee. Until now, such injuries typically
were treated with rest, physiotherapy and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs, commonly known as NSAIDS.
"For the first time we are able to offer our patients a safe and
reliable treatment for stress injuries with chronic inflammatory response,"
Mavrongenis stated in an interview with Reuters Health (April 2000).
"I see this as a regular breakthrough in modern physiology. In
fact, it is our experience that with this new treatment, as opposed
to conventional treatment, athletes are able to train actively while
First tested in 1996 on a group of athletes from Denmark's National
Rowing Team, the treatment has withstood a new study by Mavrogenis and
colleagues. The researchers used nutritional supplements containing
omega-3 (fish oil), omega-6 (borage oil) and vitamins A, [B.sub.6],
C and E, plus selenium and zinc. Most patients responded positively
to the treatment in two to three weeks, depending on the severity of
the injury. In neighboring Norway, where inflammatory injuries account
of 25 percent of job-related absences, the new treatment is being tested
by the Norsk Idrettsmedisinsk Institut, a leading Scandinavian facility
for sports injuries and rehabilitation.
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