What Is the Typical Timeline for Hip Surgery Recovery?

By Game Ready | Sep 27, 2017

According to the CDC, each year more than 300,000 people undergo total hip replacement surgery, with the vast majority of them being age 45 or older. It is also estimated that approximately 2.5 million people in the United States are living with an artificial hip.

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FAQ After Ankle Surgery Recovery

By Game Ready | Mar 29, 2017

Whether you have just had ankle surgery or have a procedure scheduled, you probably have some questions about the recovery process.

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How Long Will it Take to Recover from Shoulder Surgery?

By Game Ready | May 18, 2016

Free Guide: Shoulder Recovery Surgery Timeline & Tips for a Better Recovery

The shoulder is one of the most complicated parts of your body and has the greatest range of motion out of all your joints. It’s a complex arrangement of bones, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. It allows you to perform daily tasks like brushing your teeth, reaching for something on a shelf, and shooting hoops. Athletes are often more susceptible shoulder injuries, however, it can happen to anyone. In the event of a more serious injury, surgery is often required to repair the damaged tissue. Shoulder injuries that commonly require surgery include:

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Everything You Should Know About Your ACL Recovery Timeline

By Game Ready | Oct 13, 2015

An ACL injury could mean serious damage to one of the most important ligaments in your knee, so it’s important to seek treatment from a medical professional and allow enough time for a full recovery before returning to activity. ACL sprains and tears result in pain and swelling, so it is often easy to determine that you have incurred an injury. However, you might not know the extent of the injury until you receive a diagnosis from a professional.

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4 Ways to Prepare for Wrist Surgery Recovery

By Game Ready | Jul 30, 2015

Whether you have a planned surgery for a recurring wrist condition or an unexpected fracture that requires an operation, there are a few actions you can take to prepare for your recovery. Knowing what to expect is the first step.

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3 Ways to Help Accelerate a Patient’s Shoulder Surgery Recovery

By Game Ready | Jun 23, 2015

Conditions such as arthritis, a frozen shoulder, rotator cuff damage, and bursitis can all lead to surgical intervention to help improve range of motion and alleviate pain. Although the end result is typically a better quality of life for the patient, the pre-op process, surgery, and recovery can be challenging for many people, especially if they have never had surgery before. Helping them accelerate shoulder surgery recovery will allow them to return to normal activity more quickly and make the entire experience more comfortable.

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Help Patients Recover Faster from Surgery with a Cold Therapy Unit

By Game Ready | May 05, 2015

Facilitating faster surgery recovery is not only in the best interest of the patient, but it is also beneficial to surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, and all of the other professionals involved in the rehabilitation process. Hospitals benefit from shorter patient stays, doctors and physical therapists receive more referrals after a positive surgical experience, and a recovery with fewer pain medications poses less risk to the entire system.

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Accelerate Patient Shoulder Surgery Recovery with Cold Therapy & Compression

By Game Ready | Apr 21, 2015

Recovery from shoulder surgery can be a long process, even with modern day arthroscopic techniques that are minimally invasive. One of the best ways to help speed up healing and improve patient comfort is with cold therapy and compression.

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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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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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