International and Hungarian research have come to the same conclusions: the pandemic that has lasted for more than a year has affected not only our souls but also our bodies, regardless of whether we are infected with the coronavirus. Here, on average, weight gain has increased by 2-5 pounds, while more and more people are struggling with musculoskeletal complaints due to their sedentary lifestyle. And a sense of loneliness and insecurity has been experienced by almost every second person since the beginning of the epidemic.
Slowly, for almost a year and a half, the coronavirus has been a daily part of our lives, radically changing our everyday lives, our habits, and our ideas about the future. Although vaccines may be a solution to the further spread of the epidemic, the world is only slowly gaining immunity. Restrictions have caused severe physical and mental problems among the population in most countries around the world.
In the United States, four out of ten adults reported anxiety or depression, 36% of respondents had sleep disorders, 32% had eating disorders, and alcohol use increased by 12%. 26% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 surveyed have the idea of suicide in mind. In the UK, where the easing of restrictions began on 12 April, similar research has been reported: more alcohol and more unhealthy food were consumed at home, the population slept worse and moved less. In Italy, a survey last year ended with a similar result.
Hungary is not lagging behind the international average either. The joint, non-representative research of the Private Organs of the Budapest and Salgótarján shows that almost half of the respondents, 44%, changed their eating habits, 46% cooked more than in previous years, but more than 38% ate more. One in ten people consumed more alcohol. With the increase in body weight, the Hungarians also got into trouble: every third person gained weight, most reported 2-5 kg (25%), while 13% of respondents reported 6-9 kg extra weight.
Restrictions have also reduced the willingness to move back home, with many giving up the pleasures of sport in the captivity of their homes: 63% of those surveyed have moved less since the start of the virus and 43% have spent more time doing nothing. It is no coincidence that the number of mental and locomotor complaints has increased due to the above: 82% slept worse a year ago, 45% felt lonely, but few asked anyone for help (11.6%). 65% of the respondents plan to change their lives by lifting the restrictions: more movements, travel, visits to family and friends, cultural programs, postponed medical examinations or surgeries are on the Hungarian wish list.
“In Hungary, regardless of the epidemic, there is little willingness to move, and Covid-19 has worsened. Studying and working from home even took away the opportunity for people to move at least as long as they go to school or work. And a stimulus-poor environment leads to a deterioration in mood and a sedentary lifestyle. However, this does not have a good effect at all on the joints that need regular movement.
With a sedentary, frequent sedentary lifestyle, we put permanent pressure on our so-called patellofemoral joint between the patella and femur, which can lead to softening of the cartilage between the bones and then to lasting pain. Many people experience back and back pain at first, but later it radiates to the lower extremities. The two most common complaints that more and more people visit are back and low back pain and knee pain. It is hoped that the pain will go away with even less movement, but this is a vicious circle, as the joints need movement for healthy functioning. ” He said Dr. Szabolcs Gáspár, Chief Physician of the Department of Orthopedic Traumatology, Private Locomotive Clinic, Budapest.
The expert says it is a matter of determination to have at least 15 to 20 minutes of exercise three times a week as much as a meal as part of a daily routine. If you don’t have time for a longer walk, you can move your body through videos available on the internet, guided by professional trainers. And when the weather is good, walking or cycling are sports that put less strain on your joints.
“Chronic joint pain indicates that the condition of the articular cartilage has changed regardless of age. All of this does not require a surgical solution, nutritional supplements may still be sufficient, but over the years the cartilage layer becomes thinner and then wears out and over time only surgery can eliminate the pain. So it is better to move now than to wait for years for knee or hip replacement surgery. However, it is important to follow the principle of gradation in this as well, and in all cases we should start with heating and then spend time stretching as well. ” The orthopedist added.
Source: Patika Magazin Online by www.patikamagazin.hu.
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