January 2018-Fully healed! …and nutritional supplements

1AC_4975It has been 14 months since Mia Rose’s lisfranc injury and reconstructive surgery and I am very happy to say that she is back to 100% healthy! She no longer gets swelling in her foot and is able to do everything she did before and then some. She’s back in competition season and only wears the ankle brace on floor and vault at this point, just for a bit of added protection. Here’s a VIDEO of the upgraded vault she working on now. And videos of both her competition vault and floor routine from the last meet.Switch ring leap during floor competition

A number of people have reached out to ask about the supplements that she used to help with her recovery so I thought I would share them here. I am not a medical professional, just a mom who did a tremendous amount of reading through medical journal articles to see what might be able to help my daughter. Based on the studies these are what I chose and why. Several are good for reducing inflammation and pain and also to help with reducing the presence of a couple of different enzymes that are responsible for the degradation of cartilage in arthritis. Since post-traumatic arthritis is a high risk with joint injuries we’re all over anything that might be able to help and has a good safety profile. I spent far too many hours of combing through articles on PubMed…but they seem to help her so it was worth it. ūüôā I included links to the places we purchase them from, but there are of course many other options for where to purchase.
Vitamin D with K for bone healing: every doctor we consulted with before her surgery recommended that she be on this since it is so important for bone healing.  To get the recommended dose of D +k in a single capsule the best product and price I found was on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GGFDVUI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
5-Loxin (a bioavailable form of boswellia): this one has anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to reduce the presence of an enzyme associated with degradation of cartilage   https://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-synergy-5-loxin-akba-boswellia-extract?q=5+loxin&ta=5+loxin
Meriva: also for anti-inflammatory properties (the most effective form of turmeric sold in the US according to the studies that I read) https://www.vitacost.com/source-naturals-meriva-turmeric-complex-500-mg-120-capsules-1
SAMe: this one is good for both joint function and mood (mood is not why we use it)¬†SAMe is one of the only substances that I found in the medical literature that has been shown to improve healing of injured cartilage. (In animal studies since they can’t intentionally injure human’s cartilage to see what may help with healing.).¬†¬†https://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-sam-e-400-mg-60-enteric-coated-tabs-7
Ease: this one is a blend of natural ingredients that we had started using this for periodic aches and pains from working out prior to her injury and it helped to provide relief as she was recovering too. https://plexusworldwide.com/performance/product/plexus-ease-capsules

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