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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Common Complications of Upper Extremity Surgery Recovery & How to Avoid Them

By Kelly Hansen | Feb 20, 2014

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.

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How to Have a Quick Upper Extremity Surgery Recovery

By Kelly Hansen | Feb 14, 2014

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.

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How to Heal Faster After MCL Surgery: Cryotherapy Explained

By Kelly Hansen | Nov 07, 2013
Recovering from MCL surgery takes time. The damaged tissues in your knee joint need time and energy to repair themselves and return to normal activity. Although you won't be able to get back on your feet overnight, you can speed up the healing process by adding cold compression therapy to your recovery strategy.

Cold therapy, or cryotherapy, is a proven method for reducing pain, swelling, and edema. You have probably applied ice packs after a sports injury or other trauma, but do you know why you do this?

How Cryotherapy Works in the Body

Stated simply, cryotherapy is the application of cold to an injury. It provides a therapeutic effect for three reasons:
  1. Impact on the circulatory system - When you apply cold to your knee after MCL surgery, your blood vessels constrict, or get more narrow. This reduces blood flow, which causes the body to respond by increasing the size of the blood vessels, bringing a rush of fresh blood to the area. This process continues throughout the application of cold, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the healing tissue and flushing cellular waste away.

  2. Impact on cellular metabolism - The cells in your body perform a variety of functions, all of which are important. Each cell has a life cycle in which it is created, uses energy to do its designated work, and then dies. The rate at which a cell consumes energy is its metabolism. The application of cold slows down cellular metabolism so that less energy is required. This contributes to faster healing after MCL surgery  because your body can maximize energy use for tissue repair.

  3. Impact on the neurological system - You feel pain as a result of nerve fiber activity, which is slowed down with the application of cold. Reducing pain throughout the recovery process can help you heal faster and potentially reduce the amount of medication you might need.

Why Cold Compression Therapy Works Better than Ice Packs

In its simplest form, cryotherapy can be applied with ice packs. However, with modern technology there is a better way. The main disadvantage of ice packs is that they constantly absorb heat from your body, which causes the ice temperature to gradually increase, reducing its therapeutic effect over time.

Game Ready has developed a system that allows you to apply consistent cold temperatures around the entire knee joint for the duration of the therapy session. Cold water circulates through a loop system that includes an ice reservoir, so the temperature remains constant. At the same time, pneumatic compression creates a pumping effect that helps improve the flow of blood and other fluids. This system provides two important benefits when it comes to cryotherapy:
  1. The effects of therapeutic cold lasts longer
  2. The cold is able to penetrate deeper

This means that the deeper tissues in your knee joint benefit from cryotherapy after MCL surgery and each session has a longer lasting impact than ice packs alone.

If you are interested in learning more about how Game Ready can help speed up your MCL surgery recovery, locate a provider near you.

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