ACL Surgery Recovery 101: Timeline & Tips

By Game Ready | Feb 22, 2017

If you have scheduled surgery to repair a torn ACL, it’s a good idea to understand the recovery timeline and know what you can do to keep the healing process on track.

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6 Tips for Staying Healthy and Fit During Surgery Recovery

By Game Ready | Oct 12, 2016

Having surgery is often a disruption to daily life, and the longer the recovery process takes, the longer you have to deal with the inconvenience of pain, discomfort, and limitations to the types of activities you normally do. Whether you are having a quick outpatient procedure or a more complex surgery, being proactive about your recovery plan will help you get better faster. Follow these surgery recovery tips to help you return to your regular lifestyle more quickly:

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5 Things to Avoid After Surgery from a Broken Wrist

By Game Ready | Oct 05, 2016

If you have had surgery for a broken wrist  after a fall or sports injury, you will want to get back to your lifestyle as quickly as possible. However, the recovery process takes time and there are some things you should avoid while your broken bones are healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions, but these are some general tips about what to steer clear of following wrist surgery.

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MCL Surgery: What are the Quickest [& Best] Recovery Methods?

By Game Ready | Sep 14, 2016

MCL surgery recovery typically takes at least twelve weeks, but you can potentially shave some time off that period by being proactive while you recuperate. In addition to speeding up the healing process, you can also put your body in a better position to return to normal activity (and your chosen sport if you’re an athlete) sooner after MCL surgery.

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How to Stay Healthy During Recovery from Ankle Surgery

By Game Ready | Jun 29, 2016

If you need ankle surgery to repair a fractured bone or torn ligament, you will have to stay off your feet for awhile. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t take steps to stay healthy during recovery from ankle surgery. Taking a proactive approach to your recovery can help speed up the healing process and ensure that you are ready to return to normal activity immediately after your ankle has fully healed.

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What is Typical Shoulder Surgery Recovery Time?

By Game Ready | Dec 01, 2015

All types of people can incur shoulder injuries that require surgery. Athletes who play sports like baseball, softball, and football are particularly susceptible to injuries like a torn rotator cuff. A traumatic fall on the shoulder or dislocation of the joint can also result in a tear that requires surgery or repair. Regardless of the cause of the injury, many people are concerned about shoulder surgery recovery time because it can have such a significant impact on daily life.

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Using Compression Therapy for Back Pain Relief

By Kelly Hansen | Jun 03, 2013
Whether from surgery, an injury, or a chronic condition, back pain can be very difficult to manage. The large spinal muscles are used for many activities, including walking, sitting, standing, and many others. Back pain can have a dramatic impact on quality of life and your ability to perform daily activities. The large surface area of the back and surrounding muscles can also make it challenging to treat with compression unless you have the appropriate materials.

Treating back pain quickly and effectively is essential for healing rapidly and maintaining good quality of life. Using active cold and compression therapy is one of the best ways to relieve pain and reduce or eliminate the need for medications.

Active Compression Therapy for Back Pain Relief

Compression is a proven method for reducing swelling and preventing edema. Active compression takes this a step further to provide several other benefits:
  • Removes edema - The buildup of fluids, or edema, can contribute to pain and swelling. By mimicking the body's natural muscle contractions, active compression pumps edema out of the affected area to help speed up the healing process.
  • Improves lymphatic drainage - Poor lymphatic drainage can actually contribute to back pain. Active compression helps improve the flow of lymph fluid, which brings essential nutrients to the body's tissues and removes cellular waste products.
  • Improves oxygen delivery and blood flow - Active compression also helps improve blood flow in the injured area, which allows more oxygen to reach damaged tissues.
  • Stimulates tissue repair - As more oxygen and essential nutrients reach the damaged tissue in the injured area, it is able to repair itself and heal more quickly.

These benefits do not come with the static compression provided by a bandage or wrap; only active compression can create the pumping effect required to remove edema, improve drainage, and stimulate blood flow.

Active compression is created by pneumatic pressure that flows through a specialized compression wrap that conforms to the body. Adding active cold therapy can further enhance the benefits of compression therapy by reducing pain and inflammation. Air and cold water flow through different chambers in the wrap to provide consistent temperature and pressure for the duration of the therapy session.

Game Ready's active cold compression therapy system uses patented technology to provide consistent pressure and temperature on the entire injured area. Adjustable back wraps fit waist sizes from 22 to 55 inches, so doctors and trainers can use one system for all patients and athletes. Contact Game Ready today to learn more about getting your own active cold and compression therapy system.

How do you currently treat back pain? Do you find the results satisfactory?

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