Why Ice Water Therapy Alone Won’t Speed Up Muscle Recovery

By Kelly Hansen | May 15, 2014
Cold (cryo) therapy is widely used after a musculoskeletal injury or post-surgery to decrease pain, muscle spasms, edema and swelling. Let’s say you’ve had an ankle or knee injury. You know the drill – get in bed or on the couch, elevate the leg and apply ice to the injured area. You also remember the mess and inconvenience this kind of ice water therapy causes – wet pillows, bedclothes, blankets, etc. Staying compliant with that type of cold therapy is really difficult and that’s just one reason why ice water therapy alone isn’t ideal for recovering from a sports injury.
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Experiencing Tennis Elbow Symptoms? 5 Ways to Recover Quickly

By Kelly Hansen | Apr 28, 2014

Tennis elbow results from overuse of muscles in the forearm and hand. Although the injury is common in tennis players, it is not exclusive to them. Anybody can get tennis elbow when the muscles and tendons surrounding the joint become torn or ruptured.

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The 4 Most Common Upper Extremity Injuries and Symptoms

By Kelly Hansen | Mar 31, 2014

Upper extremity injuries can happen to anybody, but they are most commonly related to falling onto an outstretched hand. Athletes and professionals who do repetitive motions with their hands and wrists are also at higher risk of these types of injuries. 

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Common Complications of Upper Extremity Surgery Recovery & How to Avoid Them

By Kelly Hansen | Feb 20, 2014

Although modern medicine has come a long way, complications during or after surgery are not uncommon. However, even the most minor complications should be addressed to ensure that you heal properly and completely.

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How to Have a Quick Upper Extremity Surgery Recovery

By Kelly Hansen | Feb 14, 2014

If you are planning an upper extremity surgery to the hand, wrist, arm, or shoulder, a speedy recovery is probably one of your top priorities. Not being able to use an upper extremity can be very inconvenient, especially if you live alone or if your work requires the use of your injured arm.

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How to Recover from Football Injuries

By Kelly Hansen | Jun 13, 2013

Athletes, coaches, and trainers have an interest in learning the best ways to quickly recover from football injuries. Players want to get back in the game as soon as possible; coaches need the whole team in top shape to be successful and trainers are tasked with keeping athletes in playing condition.

Football injuries can happen to ankles, legs, knees, and shoulders. Some of the most common football injuries include:

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7 Things to Look For in an Active Cold Compression Therapy System

By Kelly Hansen | Dec 11, 2012

Getting your patients back on their feet and actively participating in life as fast as possible after musculoskeletal injuries or surgery is an important part of your role as their  physical therapist or surgeon. While the traditional RICE regimen is widely accepted for treating injury and helping with post-surgery rehabilitation, you undoubtedly know that many patients struggle to comply with the Ice and Compression parts of the regimen.  Simple circulating water therapy is messy, inconvenient and lacking in good temperature control. Ice packs are not well designed for the body's anatomical differences and can even burn soft tissue if they are too cold.

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