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.
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.Read More >
Although modern medicine has come a long way, complications during or after surgery are not uncommon. However, even the most minor complications should be addressed to ensure that you heal properly and completely.
If you are planning an upper extremity surgery to the hand, wrist, arm, or shoulder, a speedy recovery is probably one of your top priorities. Not being able to use an upper extremity can be very inconvenient, especially if you live alone or if your work requires the use of your injured arm.
Immobilizing your knee or controlling the angle at which it is allowed to bend will help provide support and stability in the joint. This stability gives your damaged tissues the opportunity to heal while you continue to rest and do rehabilitative exercises as directed.
4 Knee Solutions for Post-Op Knee SurgeryDepending on where you are in the surgery recovery process, your doctor or physical therapist might recommend one of the following types of knee recovery solutions:
- Cold and compression wrap - As the tissues in your knee start to heal, cold and compression therapy can help contribute to a speedy recovery. A patented wrap with simultaneous active compression and consistent cold encircles the entire area around your knee. This allows therapeutic cold to penetrate more deeply than ice alone, while active compression brings fresh blood and pumps away cellular waste.
- Post-op knee brace - For a brief period of time after your surgery you will have to immobilize your knee to give the damaged tissues the best opportunity to heal. A post-op knee brace provides this level of support while still allowing you to be mobile.
- Hinged knee brace - After the initial healing process you can switch to a hinged knee brace that provides support while allowing you to bend the joint over a limited range of angles. These types of braces can be worn as you start to introduce higher impact activities.
- Articulated knee wrap - An articulated knee wrap that combines cold and compression will allow you to do rehabilitative exercises on a treadmill or stationary bicycle to help minimize pain and swelling caused by activity after surgery.
As always, follow your doctor's instructions with respect to medication, rest, exercise, and other activities. Being active throughout the knee surgery recovery process is not only possible, it is encouraged. Using the appropriate type of knee brace throughout the healing process will allow you to be active and mobile while protecting your knee joint and ensuring stability.
Game Ready offers cold and compression wraps to help you reduce pain and swelling either while immobilizing the joint or performing rehabilitative exercises. We also provide post-op knee braces for stability and post-op recovery. Find a provider near you to learn more.
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Cold Therapy Systems: How They WorkThere are two primary problems with ice packs: they get warmer as the injury transfers heat, and for most injuries it is difficult to completely cover the affected area. Cold therapy systems provide solutions for both of these problems.
- Active Temperature Exchange (ATX) Technology
A static ice pack will start at the right therapeutic temperature, but it won't stay that way for long. To combat this problem, ATX technology continually circulates cold water through an ice reservoir to provide consistent cooling. As the injury warms the water that flows through the system, colder water is brought in to replace it. This constant flow of cold water means that the cold source stays at a consistent therapeutic temperature throughout the session.
- Cold therapy wraps
If you have ever tried to apply an ice pack to a sprained ankle, you know how difficult it is to cover the entire area. Even the most flexible gel pack won't completely surround your ankle, wrist, elbow, knee, or back. Cold therapy wraps with integrated ATX technology are designed to solve this problem. In contrast to gel packs, cold therapy wraps cover more surface area, conform to your body, and provide cold therapy for the entire joint. Cold therapy systems use specialized wraps that are designed for each specific body part. This means that you can select a wrap that specifically treats the injury you have.
A wrap integrated with ATX technology has chambers that allow cold water to flow through. The wrap is connected to an ice reservoir that enables constant cooling. In addition to ATX technology, cold therapy wraps can also employ active pneumatic compression, further enhancing the benefits of cryotherapy and improving fluid circulation in the area.
Game Ready provides innovative cold therapy systems that are proven to be more effective than ice or cooling gel packs. Because the temperature remains constant during the entire application, the therapeutic cold is allowed to penetrate deeper and last longer, helping your body accelerate the healing process. This means less pain and faster recovery for you. Contact Game Ready today to learn how to rent or buy your own cold therapy system.
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