How Compression Therapy Helps Alleviate Hip Flexor Pain

By Game Ready | Oct 18, 2017

Hip flexor pain is felt in the upper groin region. It’s not only uncomfortable, but it can also inhibit mobility and prevent you from doing both normal daily tasks and athletic activities.

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Is a Cryotherapy Machine Worth the Investment?

By Game Ready | Mar 03, 2015

Investing in any type of new equipment for a physical therapy office, athletic training facility, or post-operative care environment requires careful consideration. Ensuring that it is safe and effective is an obvious necessity, but you also need to be sure that you will get enough use out of the equipment to justify the expense.

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5 Ways Cryotherapy & Compression Treatment Lowers Costs to Patients

By Game Ready | Feb 25, 2015

Getting injured or having to undergo surgery can be quite expensive, even for patients who have health insurance. By the time they get to the recovery phase, many people are happy to secure any savings they can. If controlling pain and swelling is part of the recovery process, and it usually is, cryotherapy and compression treatment will not only accelerate healing, but it can also help reduce the overall cost of recuperation.

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Is Cryotherapy Treatment Alone Sufficient Treatment for Your Patients and Clinic?

By Game Ready | Jan 13, 2015

Cryotherapy is a common treatment approach for many patients recovering from injuries or surgery. Although it has been used successfully for hundreds of years, it is important for healthcare professionals to know that developments have been made to improve the traditional methods for applying cold therapy.

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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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4 Tips for How to Heal Faster After ACL Surgery

By Game Ready | Jul 28, 2014

A torn ACL is a painful and inconvenient injury, especially for athletes. Fortunately, ACL surgery makes it possible to repair the damaged tissue, usually with a graft from another ligament in your own body. Arthroscopic surgery leaves few external scars, but the muscles, ligaments, and other tissues in the knee joint need time to recover fully from both the injury and the surgery.

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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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The 4 Most Common Upper Extremity Injuries and Symptoms

By Kelly Hansen | Mar 31, 2014

Upper extremity injuries can happen to anybody, but they are most commonly related to falling onto an outstretched hand. Athletes and professionals who do repetitive motions with their hands and wrists are also at higher risk of these types of injuries. 

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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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