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.
Once you suffer this kind of injury, it’s important to get timely treatment from your physician and a recommended program of physical therapy rehabilitation (rehab). Why? Because musculoskeletal injuries and wellness are linked by the type of rehab you pursue. An excellent rehab program will help your injuries heal faster, with less pain, swelling and tissue scarring so you can return to work or play faster.
What happens after a musculoskeletal injury?
Post-injury, your body starts a cascade of physiological responses to help defend nearby tissues and to begin to repair tissue damage. These normal bodily reactions cause tissue inflammation, which is natural and necessary for recovery; however, if it’s not well controlled, it will delay healing and can promote the formation of scar tissue around the injury site, which can limit future mobility. You also will likely feel pain at the injury site and possibly bruising and muscle spasms.
Immediately after treatment or surgery, your physician will want you to rest, apply cold and compression to the affected area, and take pain medication as needed. This is an important step in musculoskeletal injuries and wellness recovery, because some cold and compression therapies work much better than others.
What can you do to heal faster?
Ask your doctor to make sure that your rehab program includes a system that takes cold and compression therapy to a new level. The ACCEL™ solution simultaneously delivers both therapies in one integrated system. This offers important advantages compared to traditional ice packs and compressive wraps:
- Active cold draws heat away from your injury site for better temperature reduction. This helps limit inflammation and provides a localized numbing effect to reduce pain.
- Active compression mimics the body’s natural muscle contractions, accelerating the removal of edema from the injured area.
- Active compression optimizes lymphatic drainage, which speeds wellness recovery.
- Active compression stimulates tissue repair, encouraging the healing process.
- Active cold and compression improves tissue surface contact for faster, deeper, longer-lasting cooling.
Wellness Recovery Phases
Depending on your injury type, location and severity, these are common steps in physical rehab:
- Phase I of physical therapy is often just passive motion; this is motion where your own muscles and tendons aren’t doing any work, rather they are being moved by a therapist or a continuous passive motion device.
- Phase II will introduce active motion, which means that you are allowed to move your injured arm or leg or whatever area was affected.
- Phase III is always a happy step, because your physical therapist will begin strengthening exercises so you can eventually resume normal activities.
- Phase IV is full recovery and return to normal activity.
How long your rehab therapy takes depends on the degree to which musculoskeletal injuries and wellness were managed as one integrated program. Have you asked your physical therapist for the ACCEL™ solution?