The FINANCIAL — Berlin, July 18, 2011 – Summer time – many people like to sunbathe, travel out of town or look forward to doing some sports and outdoor exercise.
But not all of us can enjoy the long-awaited pool visit or bike tour. For those who suffer from hemorrhoidal problems, sweaty physical activities may become the ultimate challenge. Quite a few people have this problem – experts assume that more than 50 percent of people over the age of 50 have had symptoms related to hemorrhoidal disease at some point in their lives. The discomfort results from a disproportionate enlargement of the vascular cushions at the end of the rectum.
Physical activity is to be highly recommended as an important means, among others, of preventing hemorrhoidal disease, according to Dr. Alexander Rothaar, proctologist and sports physician in Germany. Exercising improves blood circulation, thus reducing the increased blood pressure in the hemorrhoidal plexus, which eventually leads to the enlargement of hemorrhoid veins and the annoying symptoms.
“We do encourage patients to go swimming or hiking when the disease is still in the early stages. However, lifting heavy weights or workouts that exert axial strain on the spinal column and put the pelvis under pressure may not be appropriate”, said Dr. Rothhaar, one of the experts providing advice for the creation of www.hemorrhoid-help.com.
With mild forms of hemorrhoidal disease, running and biking may be also possible, provided that proper running shoes with good cushioning features are selected and, in the case of cycling, the design of the saddle helps to reduce pelvic strain. Patients should also take care to keep the affected anal area clean, to drink enough and keep to a healthy diet. Combining these measures with an appropriate topical treatment will ensure that patients can enjoy their planned activities even with mild hemorrhoid problems.
In advanced hemorrhoidal disease, however, Dr. Rothhaar advises against workouts. “In these patients it is of the utmost importance first to get the hemorrhoidal problems under control. Once patients feel better, they may want to keep up with their usual fitness program, after a discussion with their doctor.” The patient should therefore definitely see her/his doctor if anal bleeding or discomfort in the anal region that persists for several days is detected. After conducting a thorough examination the physician will discuss the appropriate therapeutic options; and advice on appropriate sporting activities. “The sooner you consult your physician, the better your chances are of getting rid of your annoying problem quickly,” said Dr. Rothhaar.