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Limb amputations in the U.S. occur for a variety of reasons. The most common is a vascular problem such as diabetes or peripheral vascular disease, accounting for 82 percent of all lower extremity amputations. Trauma is the second most common reason, and affects more men than women. The leading causes of trauma-related lower extremity amputations are machinery injuries (40%), powered tools and appliances (28%), firearms (9%) and car accidents (8%).
If you’ve been diagnosed with a musculoskeletal injury, you’re definitely not alone. Medical statistics report that more than half of all U.S. injuries that are accidental occur with to the musculoskeletal system. Muscle strains, sprains, fractures, contusions and bruises are common. About 10 percent of these injuries happen because of some sort of sport and slightly more than 10 percent are workplace related.
Athletes, whether professional or amateur, want back in the game as soon as possible following an injury that requires surgery and/or intensive physical rehabilitation (PT) therapy. It’s frustrating to sit on the sidelines when you want to get back on the basketball court, the baseball field or into your local gym. To get yourself or your patients off the couch sooner, turn to the modern version of the old-school RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) regimen; it’s a solution leveraging NASA spacesuit technology to deliver both adjustable cold therapy and intermittent pneumatic compression in one easy-to-use, portable system.