The study, which will be carried out in partnership with the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, will look at different methods of applying ice to the injured ankle, as well as offering early physiotherapy to help aid recovery and minimise re-injury.
Dr Chris Bleakley, from the University’s Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Research Institute says the study is particularly important due to the high incidence of recurring injuries.“Ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries. They account for more than 5% of all admissions to Accident and Emergency (A&E) Departments. Many people are beginning to play team sports again after the summer break, and the number of ankle sprains is often highest at this time of the year.
“Treating ankle sprains is associated with significant costs, not only in terms of direct costs to the National Health Service, but also due to people often having to take time off work after such injuries.
“In addition, ankle sprains can often reoccur after a first injury. This can lead to long-term problems including pain, muscle weakness and can permanently prevent people participating in the sporting and leisure activities which they enjoy. Previous research has shown that early treatment is important in order to improve healing, speed up recovery time and prevent long-term problems developing.
“Ice is commonly used by sports people to reduce pain and swelling after injury. We are carrying out a randomised, controlled trial, which will compare two different methods of applying ice to the injured ankle. The main aim of the study is to find out which method is most effective at minimising pain and swelling, whilst facilitating early mobilisation and strengthening.
“All patients between 16-65 years of age who present to the Accident and Emergency Department of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, with a recent ankle sprain can choose to take part in the study. In addition to the normal treatment, they will also get early physiotherapy to help them recover.”
This study is being carried out in collaboration with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. Funding has been partly provided by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) through the Physiotherapy Research Foundation (PRF).
David Young | alfa
Study suggests possible new target for treating and preventing Alzheimer's
02.12.2016 | Oregon Health & Science University
The first analysis of Ewing's sarcoma methyloma opens doors to new treatments
01.12.2016 | IDIBELL-Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute
A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.
Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...
In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.
“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...
The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is opening up a new research field. A workshop from November 21 - 22, 2016 will mark the start of activities for an innovative axion experiment. Axions are still only purely hypothetical particles. Their detection could solve two fundamental problems in particle physics: What dark matter consists of and why it has not yet been possible to directly observe a CP violation for the strong interaction.
The “MADMAX” project is the MPP’s commitment to axion research. Axions are so far only a theoretical prediction and are difficult to detect: on the one hand,...
Broadband rotational spectroscopy unravels structural reshaping of isolated molecules in the gas phase to accommodate water
In two recent publications in the Journal of Chemical Physics and in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, researchers around Melanie Schnell from the Max...
The efficiency of power electronic systems is not solely dependent on electrical efficiency but also on weight, for example, in mobile systems. When the weight of relevant components and devices in airplanes, for instance, is reduced, fuel savings can be achieved and correspondingly greenhouse gas emissions decreased. New materials and components based on gallium nitride (GaN) can help to reduce weight and increase the efficiency. With these new materials, power electronic switches can be operated at higher switching frequency, resulting in higher power density and lower material costs.
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE together with partners have investigated how these materials can be used to make power...
16.11.2016 | Event News
01.11.2016 | Event News
14.10.2016 | Event News
02.12.2016 | Medical Engineering
02.12.2016 | Agricultural and Forestry Science
02.12.2016 | Physics and Astronomy