Topic of the month – February 2014

From the ski slope straight into hospital: Cruciate ligament rupture

Most people only go skiing once a year. To reduce the risk of accidents and injuries it is important to train properly in advance. But accidents will always happen, and one of the most common skiing injuries is a rupture of the cruciate ligament in the knee.

How can you prevent skiing accidents?

Of course accidents cannot be completely ruled out while skiing. But with a few simple tips the risk of severe injury can be substantially reduced.

• Train regularly before your holiday: Do plenty of exercises to prepare the body for the stresses which skiing imposes on muscles and joints.

• Do not overestimate yourself: Start off slowly to test how fit you really are, and whether your skiing is as good as it was last year.

• Be considerate: If in doubt, give others the right of way. Avoid dangerous situations and don't always try to be the fastest.

The most frequent knee-injuries

The cruciate ligaments ensure the stability of the joint and enable its three-dimensional mobility. These are under particular strength when skiing and ligaments can rupture -- partly or completely. If this happens to you, you will certainly feel it and possibly also hear it. Your knee will feel unstable, be painful and swell up.

Preventing lasting damage

A rupture of the cruciate ligaments can be treated in various ways, and often requires an operation. Surgery usually gives the best chance of stabilising the knee and preventing long-term damage. Apart from physiotherapy to help you to recover, you should then also consider using Contractubex® . You can begin therapy as soon as the stitches have been removed. Use Contractubex® regularly to prevent the formation of ugly operation scars.


Contractubex® Composition: 100 g gel contains: 10.0 g Extr. cepae, 5000 IU heparin sodium, 1.0 g allantoin. Indications: Hypertrophic and keloidal scars, movement-restricting and cosmetically disfiguring scars after operations, amputations, burns, and accidents; contractures such as Dupuytren’s contracture and traumatic tendon contractures; cicatricial strictures. Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to parabens. Side effects: Very rare skin reactions. Mode of action: Contractubex® exerts an antiproliferative, antiinflammatory, softening, and smoothing action on proliferating scar tissue. Dosage: Unless otherwise prescribed, Contractubex® should be gently massaged into the skin several times a day until all the gel has been absorbed. In the case of hardened older scars, it may be necessary to cover the treated area with a dressing overnight. Interactions: None known. Package sizes: 20 g, 50 g. Merz Pharmaceuticals GmbH, Eckenheimer Landstraße 100, D-60318 Frankfurt/Main, Germany

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