5 Things to Know About Sprained Ankle Treatment

Sprained Ankle Treatment
Many patients choose to treat a sprained ankle on their own at home. But when the treatment isn’t working as effectively as first thought they often visit a physician. When a patient is unsure whether they have broken a bone or just a sprained ligament, it’s common to seek medical attention.

There tend to be 3 severity levels for sprained ankles:

  • Mild – A mild stretch of the ligament which usually resolves in 2-7 days.
  • Moderate – Partial tear of the ligament. The ankle is moderately swollen and very painful.
  • Severe – Complete rupture of the ligament. Significant swelling. May not be that painful. The ankle will feel unstable.

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How To Get A Good Nights Sleep After Shoulder Surgery

Good nights sleep from shoulder surgery
Rotator cuff repairs, labral repairs, acromioplasties, and shoulder replacement surgeries are performed on many patients every day in New Zealand. A patients recovery can differ depending on the type of surgery and the condition of the patient prior to the procedure, but there’s one common complaint amongst all post-op patients regardless of surgery. Most patients are not equipped with dealing with the pain associated with sleeping. Getting a good nights sleep is near impossible for the first couple of weeks after shoulder surgery. The following are a few hints on how to achieve a good nights rest without the use of drugs Continue reading “How To Get A Good Nights Sleep After Shoulder Surgery”

Shoulder surgery recovery timeline

Shoulder surgery recovery timeline
Your shoulder is a complicated joint that can move in multiple directions. Because of this, it performs in almost all of your typical daily activities, including reaching for food on shelves, brushing your teeth, and getting dressed.

When shoulder surgery puts you out of the game for a while, a fast recovery is essential for getting back to normal as soon as possible. Knowing what to expect Continue reading “Shoulder surgery recovery timeline”

4 Ways To Accelerate Healing During Shoulder Surgery Recovery

4 Ways to accelerate shoulder surgery recovery
The shoulder joint is one of the most complicated components of the skeletal system, and with the ability to move in multiple directions, shoulders play an important role in everyday life. Whether you are swinging a cricket bat or reaching overhead to take something out of a cabinet, all of the muscles and connective tissues in your shoulders work together to make a smooth motion.

When you need surgery to repair a torn muscle or damaged tissue, the recovery period Continue reading “4 Ways To Accelerate Healing During Shoulder Surgery Recovery”

Cryotherapy – Whats Wrong With Ice Packs?

Ice Pack KneeCryotherapy is a proven treatment for reducing pain, swelling and edema.  However applying an ice pack has a limited effect on the healing process.  The secret to a good cryotherapy session is controlled cold, full circumferential application and intermittent pressure.  Scroll down to find out what this means.  Ice packs only provide cold in one spot for a short time, which is ideal for taking the pain away from, say, a knee injury coming off the field.  However Continue reading “Cryotherapy – Whats Wrong With Ice Packs?”

Knee Surgery Recovery Timeline

The most common knee surgeries are carried out as a result of an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear, a MCL (medial collateral ligament) tear or a torn meniscus.  It is not uncommon for serious sports people to experience a combination of these or even all three.  If you are having knee surgery that is for an ACL tear, MCL tear or torn meniscus then the following typical knee surgery recovery timeline provides a guide for your post-operative recovery.

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How Cryotherapy Systems Reduce Pain and Swelling

Woman sprained her ankle while running on the marathon

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.

There are lots of methods for applying cold and compression to the injury. “Low-tech” cryotherapy treatments include Continue reading “How Cryotherapy Systems Reduce Pain and Swelling”

3 Proven ACL Surgery Recovery Techniques Used by Pro Athletes

Professional athletes typically suffer more injuries than the average person, primarily because they subject their bodies to more rigorous activities. Fortunately, they are often able to return to the field after recovering from the injury or a related surgery. Sports medicine has come a long way over the years and trainers are now able to get athletes back in the game faster than ever before. They use many of the same recovery techniques that are available to everybody else, but they also employ a few tricks to help accelerate healing.

The ACL surgery recovery techniques that athletes use are no secret. You can take advantage of the same knowledge and technology that they do to get back on your feet faster. Continue reading “3 Proven ACL Surgery Recovery Techniques Used by Pro Athletes”