Joint problem is a common occurrence in the elderly. Although it is a physical problem, it may lead to emotional stress when reduction in mobility forces one to give up social activities that he or she enjoys.

Mdm Betty Yeo who is now 77, had discomfort in her knees since her mid-30s. Over time, the problem aected her hips and shoulder joints too. She was under various forms of treatment, and supplemented with Glucosamine with Chondroitin which had not bring about much relief. 2 years ago, Betty's mobility took a turn for the worse when she had a fall and had to depend on a walking stick thereafter. Her legs further gave way when she went for a holiday. With her quality of life compromised, Betty felt miserable. "I used to have depression from the pain and don't dare to go out with my friends for lunch as I cannot walk steadily."

As long as time permits, Fandi Ahmad enjoys a game with his youth-time teammates like Sundramoorthy, Nazri Nasir, Malek Awab, Lim Tong Hai and Steven Tan. All are names familiar during the 1980's and 1990's Malaysia Cup era, and for vivid Singapore football fans who are above 40 years of age, these names can send you back your memory lanes to the old National Stadium, hearing the Lions' roar again.

"The atmosphere in the stadium was fantastic!" Fandi recalls jubilantly. "It was nice to see all the people queuing and waiting to buy tickets. The atmosphere, you can’t take that away. Now it is dierent. During that time, the fans had to be physically strong, rain or shine,they'd be there early to buy the tickets."

SEA Games Gold Medalist Mok Shares Top Tips to Guard Against Injuries

Clinching his 5th gold medal in Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore, the SEA Games marathon gold medalist, Mok Ying Ren, has leaped ahead on his Road to Rio 2016. His eyes are set on his next mark – SEA Games 2015, and thereafter, he is planning a more intensive training stint overseas. It is certain that Mok’s road ahead is lined with rigorous training and he is taking measures to stay as injury-free as possible throughout this crucial period.

Fandi Ahmad: 7 Things in his Bag

Monday, 01 December 2014 13:14

Singapore football legend Fandi Ahmad carries a surprising amount of grooming products in his carryall.

There are full-sized bottles of skincare products - cleanser, toner, moisturiser and eye cream - from Lab Series; a full-sized bottle of Dove shower cream; a Gillette shaver and shaving cream; and a bottle of Abercrombie & Fitch cologne.

"I guess that's why I still look good at 52," says the Lions XII coach, cheekily.

But the facial hair he is currently sporting has nothing to do with vanity or some hipster trend.

For the past month, he has been growing out a moustache and beard as the ambassador of the annual charity initiative Movember.

The initiative encourages men to keep moustaches for a month in November to raise funds and awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate and testicular cancer.

Throughout his football career, local legend, Fandi Ahmad, 52, endured much pain due to injuries. They can be injuries due to over-usage of his joints coupled with normal wear and tear of joint cartilage, muscle injuries or tendon and ligament injuries. As his age progressed, his knees problems became more pronounced.

In early July, Fandi was introduced to a UK product called FLEXISEQ. This gel works by delivering lubricant into the joint. Considering that it is easy to use (by applying it topically) and that it does not contain any drug or medication, it became an interesting proposition for Fandi because, unlike injections, he will not have any treatment downtime, and being drug-free, he does not have to worry about drug testing when using FLEXISEQ.

He brought along a few tubes and started using it during his training stint in Austria. When he returned, he found that there was less 'cracking' in his knees and his pain had been reduced greatly. At least, he could last longer in the field now; he could run and dribble the ball for a longer time than before when coaching.

Listen to the audio clip below as Dr. Chiam and Fandi Ahmad talk about sports injury and joint pain.

Together with increasing age and long period of exercising, our joints undergo a lot of wearing down, or even sporting injuries that can lead to pain in the joint areas.

Dr Chiam Tut Fu from Pacific Healthcare Specialist Centre has over 20 years of experience in treating sporting injuries. He said that the most common forms of sports-related injuries are more common amongst those who do a lot of running and jumping. This causes increased friction within the joints, wearing down of the cartilage, and inflammation of the joints that can result in pain.

The common forms of treatments include lower frequency of exercise, anti-inflammatory drugs, synovial fluid injections, injections of platelet-containing plasma, or surgeries.

FLEXISEQ Eases Joint Pains

Thursday, 18 September 2014 08:00

Soccer legend Fandi Ahmad is already 52 this year. Years of soccer training coupled with advancing age has led Fandi to face a problem that afflicts most middle-aged – joint problems.

Fandi has shared that he has gone through 10 operations due to sports injuries, with the most serious being a muscle tear in his right leg. He was training in Holland at that time, and had to rest two and a half months before starting to recover.

The current LionsXII coach revealed that from 45 onwards, he started to feel discomfort in his joints. This typically happened during exercise where he experienced hardening and pain in some parts of his body.  

Leicester Tigers Rugby Football Club

Leicester Tigers are the most successful rugby union side in England who have won their league a record 10 times since 1987. Leicester are also the only English side to have qualified to play in every Heineken Cup in which English teams have participated, and are also the most successful English side in Europe

The Tigers are supported by a world class sports medicine department who constantly strive to maintain the players in peak physical condition and when injuries inevitably occur, aim to make them stronger, better and less injury prone than before.

FLEXISEQ are proud to supply the Leicester Tigers medical staff, to help look after the joints of the athletes under their care.

A while ago, Fandi Ahmad could only be out for 45 minutes with the veteran team represented Singapore. But two months ago, the coach of LionsXII and the public’s favourite player was able to last 90 minutes!

So, what’s the secret?

“I was introduced to Flexiseq, a cream that I apply on my knees. Since then, I could feel the difference in my knees,” he said at the Flexiseq launch yesterday.

28th January 2014, London: Pro Bono Bio®, the global leader in nano-physical healthcare products, announces the UK national launch of FLEXISEQ™, the innovative drug-free, safe treatment for joint pain associated with osteoarthritis1 (OA) following the successful conclusion of the pioneering 2 month Charity partnership phase for the benefit of Arthritis Research UK. The contribution in products that are sold through the Arthritis Research UK website and through LloydsPharmacy has raised over £400,000 for the medical research charity. Sufferers have enthusiastically welcomed the new, effective and safe product that they can self-medicate and it is now going on sale through all leading pharmacies in the
UK.  FLEXISEQ comes with significant advantages as the product has no contra-indications, contains no drugs so cannot cause drug-to-drug interactions and so is safer than the existing drug treatments.

3rd December 2013, London: Pro Bono Bio®, the global leader in nano-physical healthcare products, announces the UK Charity launch of FLEXISEQ™, the innovative drug-free, safe treatment for joint pain associated with osteoarthritis₁ (OA). FLEXISEQ’s proven efficacy comes with significant advantages as the product has no contra-indications, contains no drugs so cannot cause drug-to-drug interactions, and with over 6 million doses administered since launch there have been no reported systemic side effects.

FLEXISEQ is already successfully sold in the early pilot markets of Austria, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia and Singapore. Earlier this year, FLEXISEQ won the Innovation Award 2013 from the Federal Association of German Pharmacists. In June, FLEXISEQ launched in Ireland and became the fastest growing over-the-counter product that pharmacies there had seen in recent times.

Wondergel relief for osteoarthritis sufferers!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 16:00

It was a weird invite for me to get, a medical device press luncheon. I did email the pr company back who invited me explaining that this was not in my realm of writing but I would love to accept the invite if that offer still stood. Frankly I think they made a mistake and was hoping I'd decline; but considering my autoimmune disease there was no way I was missing the opportunity!

Flexiseq is a new topical gel targeting pain in osteoarthritis sufferers. You may know that since suffering through chikungunya in 2008 I am now laden with a reactive arthritis in my hips, wrists and ankles. I take a lot of pills twice daily.

October 2013 – FLEXISEQ, the award winning new drug-free treatment for Osteoarthritis is now available in Singapore.  Clinically proven* in Europe to be as effective at pain relief as the prescription drug celecoxib, but with an excellent safety profile, Flexiseq has been hailed in Europe as a Wondergel*. Flexiseq has already won The Innovation Award 2013 from the Federal Association of German Pharmacists for its break through Nano Technology.

Berlin 25.1013 "Get people moving – experience success". This slogan of the German Congress of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery also held true for the symposium organised by Pro Bono Bio, which reported on a new, innovative and award-winning therapy option for osteoarthritis patients. Studies were presented proving the efficacy of the topical gel for pain and joint stiffness associated with osteoarthritis as well as personal experiences of the presenters with FLEXISEQ™ based on patient cases. FLEXISEQ contains no pharmacologically active substances, but works through the use of Sequessome™ vesicles, tiny phospholipid droplets that penetrate the skin into the joint and lubricate the damaged cartilage. Worldwide marketing of the gel, developed and produced in Germany, is pending after initial successes in Europe and Asia, as company head John Mayo reported.

555 patient clinical trial provides further evidence that FLEXISEQ is effective in reducing pain for osteoarthritis patients with a particularly strong safety profile.

London, England 6 September 2013 –Key clinical trial data supporting Pro Bono Bio’s (“PBB”) drug-free osteoarthritis treatment FLEXISEQ, have been published in The Journal of Rheumatology. This is the latest high profile publication after winning the German Pharmacy Industry award for innovation in January 2013.

The publication reports that FLEXISEQ (TDT 064) was very effective in managing the pain associated with osteoarthritis (OA) and was again found to have a much stronger safety profile than other treatments.

Dr Matthias Rother, lead author of the publication, said: ‘This is an important study which further confirms the safety and efficacy of FLEXISEQ for treatment of the chronic pain and stiffness that troubles so many patients with OA. The effect size seen here for FLEXISEQ is comparable to the effect sizes seen in a comparative study using the same design which demonstrated that FLEXISEQ has equivalent efficacy to the widely used oral NSAID, celecoxib. That study was published in “Rheumatology” earlier this year (Conaghan et 2013). These two studies are among several which consistently demonstrate the benefits of this drug-free gel.’

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