Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are among the most common injuries, especially for athletes. One study found an ACL injury rate of 6.5 per 100,000 athletic encounters.1 If you injure your ACL and have to have surgery, you’ll want to get your life back as fast as possible. To do that, you want to ensure you have a comprehensive rehabilitation program.
The hip flexors are a group of three muscles that work together to allow you to bend at the hip or lift a leg. They also act as stabilizing muscles for the legs and lower back. Because they work with other major muscle groups, injuries to the hip flexors can be painful and limit range of movement, which leads to limited mobility during recovery.Read More >
Frozen peas, bags of ice, and gel packs are some of the most common ways to apply cold for relieving muscular pain. However, they are not exactly convenient. Ice melts, peas get mushy, and all of these options get cold and wet on the outside, especially if you have a leaky ice bag. Most people also use a cloth or towel to protect their skin from getting an ice burn, because that level of cold directly on the skin is too intense, or to soak up the uncomfortable wetness.Read More >
The hip flexors are a collection of muscles that work together to allow you to flex your hip joint, which includes actions like bending at the waist and lifting your knees. The primary muscles required for hip flexion are the psoas major and the iliacus muscle, commonly known as the iliopsoas, and the rectus femoris and sartorius. In addition to these primary movers, some of the gluteal and adductor muscles are also engaged.Read More >
Like any other surgery, knee surgery results in pain and inflammation that can cause discomfort for the patient. The more quickly the healing process happens, the faster you can reduce or eliminate these undesirable effects. Fortunately, it is possible to expedite knee surgery recovery with cold compression therapy.
The efficacy of cold compression therapy is well proven. In the case of knee surgery recovery, the combination of these two therapies has the following effects:
Six Ways to Make Back Surgery Recovery Easier
The more prepared you are, the smoother your recovery will be. Follow these tips to help you get ready before your back surgery:
What should you do when you suffer a musculoskeletal injury such as a sprained wrist or a strained back? Most people are advised to rest, apply ice and compression, and temporarily, elevate the injury site if possible (not so easy with a back strain). This technique, known as RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), is widely used in sports medicine today.
Cryotherapy – also called cold therapy – has been used for many years to treat the aftereffects of a soft tissue musculoskeletal injury. If you’ve ever twisted your ankle or had to do post-op rehabilitation for a knee ligament repair, you may have been advised to follow the RICE (Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevation) regimen. Traditional ice application methods typically include use of an ice bucket (doesn’t work on many joint injuries, such as the back or hip), wrapping the injury with a plastic bag filled with crushed ice, or using an ace wrap over the ice-filled bag to try and provide some compression along with the cryotherapy. These methods are inconvenient, messy, irritating and hard to stick with over time. And when you don’t stay with a regimen of cryotherapy and compression, you recover more slowly from your sports injury.
Limb amputations in the U.S. occur for a variety of reasons. The most common is a vascular problem such as diabetes or peripheral vascular disease, accounting for 82 percent of all lower extremity amputations. Trauma is the second most common reason, and affects more men than women. The leading causes of trauma-related lower extremity amputations are machinery injuries (40%), powered tools and appliances (28%), firearms (9%) and car accidents (8%).
If you’re one of the two million people in the U.S. living with the loss of a limb, you know how important physical rehabilitation is for those seeking to recover after an amputation. Therapy helps amputees learn how to adjust and recover as much of their functional life as possible. The good news is that surgical techniques, rehabilitation methods and prosthetic designs have improved greatly, and so most amputees are able to function at high levels.