Case Study of Ankle Injury from Hockey – by Matt O’Brien
On Thursday, January 10th at about 11pm, I was hit with a hockey puck in my right ankle towards the end of my hockey game. I finished the game and the adrenaline wore off in the dressing room, I realized I could not put any pressure on my right foot. After a sleepless night, I went to Scottsdale Healthcare emergency room thinking I had broken my ankle due to the agonizing pain and my inability to use my ankle.
The x-rays showed no boken breaks, just a bad bone bruise and hematoma from the impact of the puck hitting my ankle (an area where there is no padding or protection). The hospital told me to ice the area, keep it elevated and stay off it for 2-3 days. I got crutches and a prescription for Vicodin to relieve the throbbing pain. Thankfully, the Vicodin was not needed. Well, OK, I received pain killers at the hospital but after this, I found pain relief another way.
Below is a day-by-day recap of my healing process that followed after going home from the hospital. Here is what happened each day:
Applied prologel to my ankle after using a hot, damp towel to clean the area. I then messaged in the cream for about 15 minutes. I immediately noticed how sensitive and painful it was to rub in the cream. My pain was alleviated after about 10 minutes of treating my ankle with ProloGel. I went back to icing the area and keeping the ankle elevated. I repeated this process two more times on the first day. Toward the end of the day I noticed I could put a slight bit of pressure on my foot to support some weight without too much pain. I decided to let it rest and see what tomorrow brings.
After waking up, I noticed my ankle was looking much better, with less swelling and bruising. I usually get the worst bruising 2-3 days after an injury so I was pleased with the results. My ankle was feeling better and I tested how much weight I could put on it and it also seemed to have improved as well. After applying ProloGel, I noticed pain relief. I continued applying ProloGel for a total of four times on the second day along with keeping it elevated for part of the day and icing my ankle after applying Prologel.
Waking up on the start of the third day I noticed the bruising and swelling was now tough to detect. Additionally, my foot pain was much less severe. Feeling very encouraged, I showered, since I could now stand much easier, and immediately after applied Prologel to my ankle and messaged in the cream. At this point, I am able to put a some pressure on my ankle and hopped around on the third day without my crutches. About mid-day, my ankle was hurting from over-use. I applied another application of ProloGel after cleaning my ankle and got immediate pain relief. I went out to dinner shortly after where I was not able to keep my ankle elevated but felt no discomfort. I applied Prologel 3 times on the third day and did not have any noticeable pain unless I put pressure on my heel to walk.
Waking up on day 4 I realized the bruising and swelling was almost gone and was able to walk on my ankle with about 70-80% of my body weight. By noon I was able to walk regularly on my foot using 100% of my body weight. I felt so good I decided to go to the gym to do some stretching and to use the steam room. What I find interesting is that the trauma area is still very sensitive to the touch but is not causing me any pain and there was no further bruising or swelling after the first application of ProloGel.
I am a regular when it comes to injuries from playing hockey and mountain biking and I have never seen a recovery like this. I now understand after experiencing the healing power of ProloGel why it works so well and why I was able to heal so quickly. My take is that ProloGel provides the area of trauma with the nutrients to accelerate the healing process. This is apparent with my ankle because there was no further bruising and swelling (my body went immediatly into recovery mode). Additionally, ProloGel goes to the nerve(s) and helps relieve this pain as well (nerves are the source of our pain). ProloGel seems to help the body to heal itself quicker, without the constant pain that we typically experience throughout the healing process.
The inventor of ProloGel, Dr. Howard Rosen, has an empty bottle guarantee in case you still are not sure your body pains (or those of your friends and family) can be healed with this cream. Check out our pain relief guide for tips on living pain free.