5 Technologies to Boost Recovery After Knee Surgery

By Game Ready | Jul 10, 2018

Recovery after knee surgery has come a long way in past decades. In addition to new surgical techniques, new recovery technologies can help  you to return to normal activity more comfortably and as quickly as possible. While it’s not possible to completely avoid all pain, discomfort, and inconvenience, new technologies have made knee surgery recovery less of a hassle .

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How to Prepare Yourself for ACL Surgery Recovery

By Game Ready | May 09, 2018

Many people who suffer from a torn ACL have a few weeks between the time the injury occurs and the day surgery is scheduled. This delay is because you need time for the swelling to go down before the procedure is performed. During this time, you might need to use crutches and/or a knee brace to support the knee joint, prevent further injury, and avoid pain and discomfort.

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What You “Kneed” to Prepare for Knee Surgery Recovery

By Game Ready | Feb 10, 2016

Despite the inherent discomfort and inconvenience, knee surgery can be a very positive event. By repairing the damage in the joint, you will be able to regain strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Depending on the injury, you will possibly be able to return to your prior desired activity level, but only if you actively participate in a successful knee surgery recovery.

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How Cold Compression Quickly Helps Torn ACL Recovery

By Game Ready | Aug 13, 2015

A torn anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is a common sports injury that often results in surgical repair because, as one of the four ligaments found in the knee, it is so important for stabilization in the joint. ACL sprains or tears can occur with physical impact, when quickly pivoting, or when landing incorrectly from a jump.

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3 Proven Cold Water Therapy Techniques to Reduce Knee Swelling

By Game Ready | Aug 26, 2014

The muscles and joints in your lower extremities are important for daily living, but many people take this for granted until they experience pain or swelling. A swollen knee is not only uncomfortable, it can also prevent you from going up and down stairs and limit your desire or ability to walk. This can be very disruptive to daily life and should be addressed as soon as possible to help prevent further damage and allow you to quickly get back to normal. Knee swelling can be caused by a range of factors including:

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Post Knee Surgery Dos and Don'ts You Need to Know

By Kelly Hansen | Jun 12, 2014

Whether you have injured your ACL, MCL, or meniscus, knee surgery is sometimes the best solution for getting you back in the game. If your doctor does recommend surgery, it's important to be prepared for the post-operative recovery process as much as possible. The more you are committed to healing quickly, the faster you will be back on your feet.

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What is a Typical ACL Recovery Timeline After Surgery?

By Kelly Hansen | May 22, 2014
Most people, especially athletes, want to get back on their feet as soon as possible after ACL surgery. One of the most commonly asked questions after surgery is how long it will take to recover. Although it varies from person to person, the average recovery time is about nine months to one year.

Recovering from ACL Surgery

For many people the recovery timeline includes the following phases:
  • 1-2 days - Immediately after surgery your body will be focused on recovering from the trauma of  the procedure.
  • One week - Many people are mobile within one week, typically with crutches or other assistive devices.
  • Two weeks - If you follow the recommendations of your doctor and physical therapist, you may be able to walk without crutches while wearing a supportive brace.
  • Three weeks - As your range of motion improves, you might be able to manage some stairs and be able to flex your knee for long enough to drive for brief periods of time.
  • Two months - If you continue regular strength and flexibility training, you should be able to introduce light, low-impact exercise into your routine.
  • Three months - At this stage in your recovery you could be close to your pre-surgery strength level, but that does not mean that you have fully recovered.
  • Nine to twelve months - If you have continued rehabilitation exercises and avoided activities that could damage your knee again, you may be fully recovered after nine months. Individuals who have not committed to a regular rehab schedule may take up to twelve months to fully recover from ACL surgery.

Factors that Influence ACL Surgery Recovery Time

The average recovery times are just a rough indicator of what you can expect, but you can take certain steps to speed up the healing process and accelerate your recovery. Several factors play a role in ACL surgery recovery time:

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What is a Typical MCL Recovery Timeline after Surgery?

By Kelly Hansen | May 13, 2014
A torn medial collateral ligament (MCL) impacts the stability of the knee joint. Because the long-term effects of this instability can lead to consistent discomfort and further injury, surgery is often recommended. After the MCL is repaired, the healing process begins. Several factors contribute to the body's ability to repair itself, and the more prepared you are in advance, the better chance you will have of a speedy recovery.

Although the recovery path varies for every individual, most people experience that same phases as they heal.

Typical MCL Surgery Recovery Timeline

  • Phase One - In the first six weeks after MCL surgery, the healing process will rapidly progress. The immediate inflammation after surgery can be controlled with rest, elevation, and cold compression therapy to help manage pain and swelling. As the inflammation subsides, rehabilitation begins to help restore the normal function of the joint. The main focus during these initial weeks is to restore range of motion, build up to weight-bearing activities, and increase strength and flexibility without impacting the surgical repair.

  • Phase Two - Six to twelve weeks after surgery, most patients are able to advance rehabilitation to include functional training and sports-specific conditioning exercises. During this time your physical therapist will gradually increase both the duration and the intensity of your rehabilitation sessions to help you safely build muscle and increase flexibility.

  • Phase Three - This is when you are ready to return to activity. The length of time it takes to achieve full recovery depends on several factors, including:

    • How well your body healed during the first weeks after surgery
    • Your physical condition before surgery
    • The rehabilitation process during the second phase of recovery
The average recovery time for MCL surgery is about six months, but the full range is from twelve weeks to twelve months at each end of the spectrum.

The early stages of MCL surgery recovery influence the entire healing process. Giving your body the opportunity to heal quickly and thoroughly is the best way to return to activity safely. Using Game Ready's cold compression therapy system after MCL surgery will help you heal more quickly, feel more comfortable, and get back on your feet faster.

Our patented system is proven to be more effective than ice alone, which is why both doctors and athletes rely on Game Ready during MCL surgery recovery. Look for a provider near you if you want to integrate Game Ready into your MCL surgery recovery strategy.

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Is Swelling After ACL Surgery Common?

By Kelly Hansen | Mar 20, 2014
Anybody who has ever had surgery can tell you to expect some pain and swelling. Unfortunately, this is true whether you have a simple ACL surgery or a complicated knee replacement. Swelling after ACL surgery is not only common, it is almost guaranteed.

Why Does Swelling Occur After ACL Surgery?

The human body is a remarkable system that uses many different mechanisms to keep you healthy. One of the more important mechanisms is the inflammatory response. Whenever your body suffers some trauma, whether it is an insect bite or a surgical incision, your body responds with inflammation.

Why does it do this? Inflammation occurs to help protect your healthy tissues from further damage, and to help the injured tissue repair itself. The inflammatory response includes five tell-tale symptoms:
  1. Pain
  2. Heat
  3. Redness
  4. Swelling
  5. Loss of function

Depending on the severity of the injury, you will experience each of the symptoms to varying degrees. Although it is necessary to repair the torn tissues in the knee, ACL surgery is essentially a trauma to your body, so its natural response will be inflammation, which almost always includes swelling.

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