A new foam product may be the answer to relieving the pain and swelling caused by hamstrings problems.
A new foam called “foam tool organizer” has been developed by researchers at the University of Toronto.
The foam is designed to help remove and cleanse the hamstrings.
The foam is also meant to be used as a supplement to traditional medicine.
“This is a good product, and it’s been developed in the laboratory, but we’re now in the stage where we can put it into a clinical trial to see if we can improve the quality of life,” said Dr. Scott Bock, the head of orthopaedic medicine at the university’s Scarborough campus.
“We are really just working with an existing medical system and with an orthopagus specialist, and then we’re going to make sure that it works for people, that it helps relieve the symptoms of the hamstring and also to relieve the inflammation that may be caused by this condition,” he added.
Bock and his colleagues are now trying out the foam in a clinical setting, in a small study that will be rolled out in the coming months.
“So far we’ve found it to be effective in reducing the inflammation of the joint and reducing inflammation associated with arthritis,” said Bock.
A few hundred of the foam products have been tested in small, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, Bock said.
They’re also expected to be ready for use in a larger trial in about a year.
Bungee cord and the foam are a popular alternative to traditional therapies and they have been found to be equally effective in relieving pain, swelling and inflammation, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Bocks research is the first to test the efficacy of the new foam.
“Our initial tests showed that the foam is actually effective in the short term,” said the doctor.
“It has a low barrier to entry, and the products we’re using right now have a low risk of contamination and can be easily absorbed into the body.
It’s a very small dose, so it doesn’t require any sort of special equipment, and once you take it, you’re able to really do it,” he said.
Block said that it’s too early to say whether the foam product would be safe for use on the hamstraps, but it’s hoped it will help to reduce the inflammation.
“If you’ve got the inflammation, and you’re trying to get your hamstrains back in order, you need a lot of things to be able to get rid of the inflammation,” he explained.
“The way we treat inflammation, is to stop the inflammation and then get rid for a while of the damage that’s done by that inflammation,” Bock added.
The research was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the U of T.