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Not every elbow injury or condition requires surgery.
Conservative treatments for elbow injuries are typically very successful. It is generally understood by doctors and surgeons, that surgery will introduce more scar tissue into the elbow tissue. This added scar tissue will be problematic, requiring physical therapy and conservative treatment options post-surgery. If not dealt with properly, your injury could end up in worse condition than before the surgery! This is why surgery is only performed as a last resort.
Your doctor or surgeon will recommend 6 to 12 months of conservative treatment before surgery will even be considered! If constant pain, immobility, and inflammation from your elbow is greatly interfering with your quality of life, and you've tried every conservative option available to you. Your physician may present surgery as an option to relieve your pain.
Some conservative treatment methods recommended include:
- Rest - This is important for initial healing because without an appropriate amount of rest you are at risk for increased inflammation, pain and re-injury of your affected elbow tissue.
- Apply Effective Cold Compression -
Effective Cold Compression = Treatment with a Freezie Wrap®. Immediate cold (using a Freezie Wrap®) will help you to manage pain while getting rid of the pain and inflammation. Reduceing inflammation can also relieve some of the pressure that's being placed on your elbow tissue(s) and stop your injury from getting worse.
- Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®) - You can use your own blood flow to maximize your rehabilitation, decrease recovery time, and boost overall long-term healing.
Other Conservative Treatment Methods can be Risky
In some cases, physicians may recommend drugs or medications like NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to manage pain and inflammation. Alternative medications like cortisone injections will help only with symptoms and not dealing with the actual tissue damage. It is designed to reduce inflammation, by slowing down the blood flow to the area that is trying to heal your elbow injury. Yes, you may have pain relief, but at the high cost of re-injury or your elbow injury is healing at all!
"Medical evidence shows that cortisone shots can damage the surrounding tissue, fray the tendon and ligament tissue, and even trigger a rupture. Most side effects are temporary, but skin weakening (atrophy) and lightening of the skin (depigmentation) can be permanent." (reference: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
Why can't I heal my elbow injury?
Have you ever asked yourself this question? At AidMyElbow we have had this question asked of us for years. We have created this webpage to answer this any many other elbow related injury questions. We are born to heal our injuries, but why does it our body fail?
The tissue in your elbow - tendons are made up of fibrous tissue that when stretched to the limit it tears in many ways. Small micro tears called tendonitis or it tears in a way the it can heal without surgery (Grade 1 or 2 type) tears. Then it may completely tear away from the bone which requires surgery to re-attached the tissue to the bone. The nature of the tendon tissue has very little blood flow which is way it can be so stretchy.
When we have an injury in our tissue and cells are damaged. Your body responds with healing right away; your muscle/tendon spasms, this contractions of the muscle and tendon holding the tissue still to prevent any further injury.
Inflammation is your body sending blood to the area to start healing. It also swells the blood vessels; they enlarge and swell causing you pain. This pain is a signal to you for your lessen the activity in the area of injury. It also acts as a reminder that you have an injury - like after sitting for awhile and you get up your leg hurts. The whole healing process is also slowed down by the lack of blood flow into the tendon issue, further slowing your healing progress.
Why is surgery a last resort for your elbow pain?
The elbow joint is very flexible and the skin is thin. This flexibility stretches the tissue and lack of blood flow makes damage to the tissue very hard to heal. Depending on your job (and whether your occupation has contributed to causing your condition), you may be able to return back to work from within 6 to 12 weeks after the surgery. Overall healing of your elbow after surgery may take upwards of 6 to 12 months, which means you may not be able to return to sports or using your arm to do heavy activities, until a year has passed after your surgery.
Safe, Effective Conservative Treatment Options are Available
If your physician has decided that your elbow injury can be treated with conservative treatment, you can join our many customers who have had great success treating themselves with the powerful, conservative treatment products we offer through AidMyElbow - the Freezie Wrap® and Inferno Wrap®
If surgical intervention is required, talk to your physician about using these same products for post-surgery recovery as you will find them to be effective for reducing post-surgery inflammation, enhancing range of motion and minimizing scar tissue growth.
If Surgery is Required...
The type of surgery you will have depends on the type of injury you are faced with.
Has it been weeks or months since the injury?
With acute (recent) tearing the separation in your elbow (tendon/muscle) is likely to be very minimal. If you have an acute tear you may qualify for less invasive surgery (such as a arthroscopic, open surgery or an mini-open procedure). Surgeons will always choose a shorter, less invasive procedure if it is possible to do so. Most surgeons know that a less complicated procedure will have less trauma to the soft tissue and a much quicker rate of recovery after the surgery.
If you have suffered a complete rupture of a tendon from the bone it is important to have the tissue reattached. One week after a tendon has ruptured the ends of the tissue begin to fill in with scar tissue as part of the healing process. As we mentioned before - the added scar tissue increases the natural length of the tissue and negatively affects your ability to do normal activities. If scar tissue is present then a more complicated procedure may be needed to clean out the presence of any scar tissue for optimal healing after the surgery.
If scar tissue is present then a more complicated procedure may be needed to clean out the presence of any scar tissue for optimal healing after the surgery. The tissue that has ruptured may need to be retrieved from inside your other tissue back to the original attachment point. This may require your surgeon may have to make a large incision in your skin to retrieve the tissue.
An injury that is 4 to 6 weeks old is considered a chronic rupture. When you have a chronic rupture the tendon tears continue to separate further from their ends increasing the gap in the tendon. A chronic rupture requires a difficult, drastic surgery - often times there may be a tendon transfer needed to complete the surgery and a lengthy recovery period.
Elbow surgery will focus on 2 main things:
- Removing damaged tissue in your elbow while repairing your elbow tissue
- Stimulating your body's natural healing process
By getting rid of weak and damaged tissue built up in your elbow tissue from repeated injury and overuse, you can begin to re-strengthen your elbow to avoid further injury. When conservative treatments fail, surgery may provide pain relief and return elbow function that you need to get back to your job, your recreational activities, and your life.
As with any surgery there are risks to every procedure depending on a lot of factors, including your age, the severity of your injury and your level of health going into the procedure. It is always best to discuss all possible risks and complications with your doctor, orthopaedic specialist and/or surgeon before the procedure. It's important to be aware of the risks you may face with any procedure intended to fix or relieve pain from your elbow injury.
You should expect some tenderness, pain, and stiffness after the surgery. The surgical procedure his after all re-injuring your elbow to encourage proper healing. These symptoms are common after surgery and will be reduced if you commit to conservative treatments and physical therapy during your rehabilitation.
Open Release Surgery
The most common surgery used to treat tennis elbow is open release surgery. There are two different techniques that can be used. Traditional open release and open release with drilling
Open release surgery is performed through a 2.5 - 7 cm incision created in the skin on the outside of the elbow above your epicondyle. The incisions exposes forearm muscle and gives the surgeon access to the tendon and its attachment to the lateral epicondyle bone. The surgeon will either remove any damaged weakened tissue, or repair tears to the tendon tissue, or may be partially or even completely cut your tendon away from the lateral epicondyle. This type of surgery allows the forearm muscle to relax giving you more range of motion in your elbow and arm.
Scar tissue that has built up through repeated injury and overuse is removed. During the removal of scar tissue and normal wear and tear, the elbow can become rough. The surgeon will abrade the bone of your elbow. This smoothes out the roughness of your elbow and removes any hardened tissues.
A technique called decortication can be used at this point. With this procedure, several 2 mm holes are drilled into the bone to stimulate blood flow to the area.
Bone and cartilage debris is taken away and sutures are installed using anchors to reattach your tendon to your bone. The surgeon will use dissolving stitches to seal the first cut made in your skin. Your arm will be placed in a splint or cast to keep from moving your elbow until your doctor says you are ready to begin light movements.
A 2001 study published in the British Medical Journal evaluated open and arthroscopic release surgeries. While both were found to be successful in the long term, drilling was no more effective in treating Tennis Elbow than traditional open release surgery. In fact, patients who underwent the drilling procedure were found to have more pain, stiffness, and bleeding of the wound than non-drilling patients during recovery.
Debulking or Debridement of the Tendon Tissue
This surgical technique is done during open tendon surgery. To perform a debulking or debridement the surgeon will cut away any damaged/inflamed tissue and scrape down any calcium deposits (bone spurs) that have grown on bone. Scar tissue may be removed from the tendon fibers, tendon sheath surrounding the tissue or from both surfaces.
Debulking or debridement of the tendon is used as a last resort, if all methods of conservative therapy have been exhausted, in chronic tendon conditions.
Arthroscopy for Tennis Elbow involves creating very small inscisions in your skin at and around the epicondyle. These incisions act as entry points for thin tubular instruments to be inserted into your elbow. One of these tools is a small high powered camera that uses a fibre optic lens to record the inside of your elbow. Fluid is injected into your joint so the camera can give a clearer image and the surgeon has a better view of your elbow during the procedure. The images captured by the lens are sent to a television screen so that the surgeon has a magnified view of the inside of your elbow.
The surgeon will inspect your elbow joint and see if there are any other issues such as arthritis. Once your elbow has been fully checked out another incision is made so that tools for removing tissue and tendon repair can access your elbow. Using the guidance of the imaging on the television screen, the surgeon uses a sharp tool to remove inflamed and damaged tissue.
Another tool cuts away part or all of the tendon depending on the amount of damage. Once the scar tissue and hardened joint tissues are removed, the epicondyle is smoothed. Anchors are drilled into the bone to help sutures re attach the tendon to the bone. Once this is done, the tools are removed and the incision points are stitched shut. Your arm is splinted to prevent movement.
While both Open Release and Arthroscopic surgeries are 80 - 90% effective, arthroscopic surgeries have the added benefit of:
- smaller incisions to access the elbow
- reduced risk of blood vessel or nerve damage
- diagnostic ability so that the surgeon can see if there are any other injuries (like arthritis) present
- reduced risk of infection after surgery
- decreased amount of post-surgery recovery time allowing you to tretun to work and/or athletic training much more quickly
The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, showed 91 - 98% success rate for full symptom relief of Tennis Elbow after arthroscopic surgery. Since arthroscopy can not only repair known injuries but also identify other conditions, this study concludes that arthroscopic surgery could be more beneficial than other surgical options available for Tennis Elbow.
Percutaneous Tenotomy Surgery
Your surgeon will use one or two entry points in your elbow with a hypodermic needle. Using sonographic images (similar visual ultrasound), that create images with ultrasound waves to help guide the surgeon. Her/she while repeatedly penetrating the joint tissues of the elbow with the tip of the needle. The surgeon can feel when the tissues have become softer. Once hardened tissue has been broken up to allow access to the bone, the surgeon uses the head of the needle to smooth out the epicondyle. Removing damaged tissue without having to cut the tendon is one of the major benefits of percutaneous tenotomy.
The hypodermic needle is removed when the sonogrpahic images show that all of the hardened tissue has been broken up and the epicondyle is smooth. At this point your elbow will be injected with a shot of corticosteroid. This step is under review and future percutaneous surgeries may not require the coticosteoid injection at all. Medical tape is placed over the incisions and there is no need for stitches
The procedure is quick and simple and can be performed in a clinic or doctors office. Directly after the 20 minute surgery is completed the physician will help you to gently move your arm. You may experience a large pain reduction in your elbow after the procedure. Unlike open and arthroscopic surgeries, percutaneous surgery does not require you to wear a splint to keep your arm from moving. In fact without large incisions or sutures, the risk for infection is greatly reduced.
(source US National Library of Medicine)
Getting Started with Your Post-Operative Rehabilitation
If you have undergone surgery on your damaged elbow injury then your physician will quickly get you on the path to rehabilitation. Now, the aggressiveness of your rehabilitation efforts and your injuries ability to heal will depend on a variety of factors including (but not limited to):
- your age, overall health and activity level
- the state of your injury before surgery (severe injuries like a tendon rupture, open wound, bone damage or fracture will require more intense surgery)
- the type of surgery you have undergone
- how soon you must return to normal activity
No two rehabilitation plans are alike - The less invasive your surgery is,
the quicker your road to recovery will be.
The goal of a rehabilitation plan is to manage pain and swelling while improving function, strength, and range of motion. Ultimately, you will regain strength and return to full activity. You will most likely spend a lot of time with a physical therapist after your surgery, but as your healing progresses, emphasis will be placed on your personal at home treatment. The success of your rehabilitation will depend on your dedication to working with your doctor and physical therapist while also managing your recovery on a daily basis at home.
Regardless of what type of surgery you've had (or even if you don't need surgery) your home therapy routine can be improved by controlling initial and ongoing pain/swelling, and increasing blood flow to heal your tendon so that you can achieve long-term, positive results. This can easily be done by incorporating an Freezie Wrap® and Inferno Wrap® into your rehabilitation routine. Regular treatment with an Freezie Wrap® and Inferno Wrap® will decrease your time spent in recovery.
Percutaneous Tenotomy Surgery post recovery will be a fast track to getting your arm moving again. Very quickly infact that day of or after surgery. You will be encouraged NOT to use a sling or case on your elbow. Your surgeon will have you starting physcial therapy immediately and be on a 12 week program to gain full range of motion and strength in your arm and elbow.
Open Release and Arthroscopic surgeries will have you protecting your incisions with a sling or even a cast. This will all depend on the amount of damage to your elbow before surgery, you could take anywhere from 1 day to several weeks before noticeable reduction in your elbow symptoms occurs. Your physician should provide you with a rehabilitation program that will begin a few days or weeks after your surgery.
Whichever surgery you and your doctor have chosen, you will have to undergo physical therapy and conservative healing therapies after the operation. Being proactive is the best way to increase your chances successful recovery after surgery. If you keep your elbow immobile for too long or do not commit to conservative treatments after surgery, your chances of getting range of motion, grip strength, and fast relief from pain are greatly reduced.
Speak to your doctor, surgeon or physical therapist about incorporating Freezie Wrap® and Inferno Wrap® treatments into your post-operative rehabilitation program to boost your overall recovery process.
Post-OP Phase 1: Protect your Surgery Site
Rehabilitation after surgery on your damaged elbow will first focus on protecting your tissue from further damage and starting simple movement. The level of protection needed for your injury will depend on the type of surgery you have had. In some cases, immobilization for daily activities to protect against re-injury. At your physical therapy appoint they will start with controlled range of motion exercises to regain joint mobility of the arm and elbow.
In order to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation your doctor will prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug to be taken during the first 4 weeks after your surgery, or for however long it is needed, depending on your pain level. Your surgeon will also recommend a cold compression therapy you may have been fitted it a removable brace or sling. You can use an Freezie Wrap® for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, several times a day, to control your inflammation and reduce your pain.
Rest is also vital to your rehabilitation plan, depending on the surgery you have undergone. When it comes to tissue repair surgery recovery, your surgeon or physical therapist will expect you to rest as needed to prepare for physical therapy and exercise to come. Depending on your type of surgery, rehabilitation with a physical therapist will begin 2-6 weeks after surgery.
Each injury/condition will have different challenges for you after surgery. Your surgeon and/or doctor will provide you with clear direction on how to protect your wound and dealing with pain and your comfort level.
Post-OP Phase 2: Start Physical Therapy
After your elbow starts to heal your tissue will be in a weakened state and will not be as strong as healthy tissue for some time. This is why you need to be on "re-injury watch" and make the most of your physical therapy appointments and home therapies during your rehabilitation. It would be devastating if overdoing it at any point during the first few months of rehabilitation would send you right back into the operating room.
As we mentioned before, your surgeon will recommend regular physical therapy appointments where you will be encouraged to gain back some of your range of motion (ROM) and increase the stability of your injured elbow. You will start with the gradual controlled movements in a free (non-forced) way with little weight or resistance, normally with very few repetitions of activity. Strengthening exercises will slowly increase in difficulty (with more resistance) after your surgery.Your will be stiff and in pain at first, and simple, easy movements may seem challenging in the beginning. Don't be discouraged!
Some of this pain and stiffness can be treated by increasing healthy blood flow to your elbow tissue before you exercise, with an Inferno Wrap®. An Inferno Wrap® will warm your tissue, reduce any lingering stiffness in your injury, and increase the amount of oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy that travel to your injured tissue. Using an Inferno Wrap® for approximately 15 to 20 minutes (finishing 15 minutes before exercise or your physical therapy appointment) will warm up your tissues, relax your surrounding tissue and boost flexibility of your arm and elbow.
Controlling post-exercise swelling and inflammation is crucial during any phase of rehabilitation. Any sign of swelling or inflammation after exercise may be an indication of minor re-injury to your elbow. Controlling your inflammation immediately after exercise, for at least 15 to 20 minutes, with an Freezie Wrap® may prevent the chance of reinjury to your elbow. If you don't treat your swelling immediately after finishing exercise, you will likely experience a setback in your recovery.
Using Freezie Wrap® and Inferno Wrap® (BFST®) alongside the physical therapies recommended by your physician will help you reduce recovery time and increase your chances of greater rehabilitative success. It is important that you consider most physicians will have already encouraged you to commit to trying conservative therapies before even turning to surgery. Surgery is not a quick fix option. Unless your physician determines you require surgery, conservative therapies are always the best method of using your natural ability to heal! Building strengh healthy tissue with less chance of reinjury to your elbow.
Why let pain and decreased mobility stop you from living the quality of life you deserve? Incorporate conservative therapy into your post-surgery rehabilitation plan today to get back to your work, your activities, and your life!
Post-OP Phase 3: Return to Regular Activities
Depending on your injury, the type of surgery you've had, and your level commitment to your post-operative rehabilitation program, you may be able to return to daily household activities 6-12 weeks after your surgery.
You will now need to manage your symptoms on a daily basis to prevent a re-rupture of your tendon.
It's simple to manage long-term healing of your elbow with conservative treatment methods that can be conveniently used in the comfort of your own home. If you are looking for an all-natural pain management and long-term healing solution that is ergonomically designed to provide exceptional long-lasting relief, speak to your doctor today about incorporating the Freezie Wrap® and Inferno Wrap®into your treatment plan.
The Freezie Wrap® effectively targets cold compression therapy right at the source of your pain. Consistent treatment with a Freezie Wrap® will effectively reduce your inflammation, draw the pain out of your area of injury and gently numb the nerve endings in your tissue for rapid, long-lasting pain relief. Many doctors, surgeons and physical therapists consider cold compression therapy to be the gold standard for treatment of inflammation and pain. On-going cold compression treatments can reduce, or even eliminate, the need for NSAIDs or other medications that can be harmful to your body.
Cold compression therapy is known and trusted by most medical professionals. This is why for years doctors, trainers and other medical professionals have recommended RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to treat the pain and swelling of fresh injuries, chronic pain, after any re-injury, and especially after surgery.
Although RICE can help to treat these symptoms, ice and inferior gel packs reach temperatures so low they can cause cryoburn, an ice burn on your skin. The problem is, up until now there hasn't been any other option to treat painful conditions and injuries with effective cold compression, so ice and blue gel packs (full of antifreeze and chemicals) have been the only choice up until now.
Fortunately you no longer have to settle for these ice cold methods that are uncomfortably cold against your skin, provide short term relief, cause ice burns, and numb your skin and underlying tissue beyond feeling so you don't even notice the ice burn until it's too late. You can also get rid of those cold packs that warm up soon after you pull them out of the freezer and gel that pools around your injury putting the short-term cold everywhere except for where you need it most - on your bursitis injury!
The Freezie Wrap® is the cold compression tool you need for your post-surgical recovery to treat yourself in an effective and convenient way.
When used on a elbow injury after surgery, our Freezie Wraps® provide:
- The highest-level of cold compression to quickly decrease pain, swelling, inflammation and draw the heat out of your affected tendon.
- Tailored wraps that are available to conform around and treat every area of the body.
- Effective cold compression that is unlike any other cold compression wrap out there.
- Cold temperatures that stay right over your tendon injury for the entire length of your treatment.
- A home-based solution with consistent (daily) cold treatments that reduces swelling fast, decreases tissue damage after surgery, and opens up your injury site to receive the blood flow circulation needed to heal quickly and naturally.
- Heavier, more substantial gel packs containing a special formulation of gel - called RigiGel®.
The Freezie Wrap® = Effective Cold Compression Therapy
RigiGel® is our trademarked name for a unique gel formula that's made of food-grade, non-toxic material that holds the cold for an extended period of time. This specially formulated gel also features non-migrating gel technology that makes our line of Freezie Wraps® truly different from any other wrap available on the market.
RigiGel® is a patented formula that gives you:
- More cooling power per pound than standard cold compression wraps.
- More gel than other wraps, meaning every time you put one on it will keep your joint cold for a longer period; pain relief is enhanced and swelling is better controlled.
Our special RigiGel® packs can be chilled in the fridge or freezer to tailor the amount of cold that you need for your injury. It doesn't matter how you cool it down, because our gel packs are chock full of gel that's designed to cool down into millions of tiny snowflakes. This method of cooling means our gel packs aren't icy-cold, just perfectly cold enough to give you the most effective cold compression available.
The cushioned gel will wrap around your joint and it won't budge for the entire treatment period. You'll no longer have to deal with annoying pooling around your joint or have to hold a hard block of ice on your injury!
Effective Cold Compression Therapy slows nerve and cell function - reducing the swelling that blocks blood vessels from doing their job.
This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood through the tissue and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells don't get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage done to your elbow after surgery, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal tissue injuries faster and with less pain after surgery! This is why you need to treat your bursitis injury after surgery, when you notice pain / swelling / inflammation, or directly after a re-injury. Applying a Freezie Wrap® right away will stop the damage immediately and unblock your blood vessels to let your body's natural blood flow in to start healing the tissue.
It'll seem weird for you to read this, but there are a LOT of people out there that don't understand how fast cold compression with a Freezie Wrap® can get the swelling / inflammation in your elbow under control! After you get rid of the swelling for good you can start actually dealing with your bursitis injury and the healing needed after surgery.
Use Cold Compression Freezie Wraps®:
- 24 to 72 hours after your initial injury or when you first notice pain and swelling in or around your injured elbow to stop cellular damage, relieve pain, and decrease swelling.
- After exercise, workouts or activity of any kind to prevent re-injury of your elbow.
- Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to control pre and post-surgery pain and swelling.
- Anytime you feel your elbow is making you feel tender, painful or you're having a flare-up of an old elbow injury.
- Anytime you have swelling, sharp throbbing pain or inflammation.
- Any other situation where you need to draw the pain and inflammation out of your elbow injury.
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Reduced blood flow slows down your recovery process and keeps your elbow tissue in a weakened state. If your tissue remains in this condition, you will always be at risk of re-injury that will severely set back all of your hard work of rehabilitating your injury.
In order to prevent re-injury and allow your body to heal naturally, use Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy BFST® regularly. Healthy blood flow is vital to the healing process after an tendon surgery. Your blood flow is what brings oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy to your healing tissue. It promotes the regrowth of your tissue to strengthen the delicate work your surgeon has done.
Regular treatments with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ will help you increase blood flow up for up to 3 hours with just one 20 minute application! An Inferno Wrap® will help you increase blood flow to your repaired tendon. There simply isn't a better product on the market to increase your body's natural healing process and provide long-term health benefits.
There are a lot of people that think their elbow injury is gone after their swelling and inflammation are gone and their joint feels better. They also make the mistake of returning to regular activities too soon without proper time for healing. The truth is that healing takes time and after the swelling is gone your elbow injury isn't even close to being fully healed.
After the inflammation in and around your elbow has been reduced, providing extra blood flow and strengthening the tissue around your tendon is recommended. Believe it or not, the best time for you to focus on avoiding re-injury and strengthening your weakened joint is when the swelling's gone and your injuries started to heal. It's vital that you don't go back to activities too soon because you might bring on a major setback in your recovery...
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Dealing with Scar Tissue After Elbow Surgery
How Scar Tissue Affects Your Rehabilitation
Scar tissue is something that will be present in your tissue before and after your surgery. The growth of scar tissue is ultimately what causes stiffening in your elbow, restricting movement and flexibility. Scar Tissue is something that cannot be avoided during surgery. Your surgeon will determine if the anticipated outcome from surgery will be successful, despite the buildup of scar tissue that you will develop as a result of the surgery. Overall, the surgeon may be able to remove a lot of the initial buildup of scar tissue around the injury and in doing so, view a positive outcome from the surgery.
Unfortunately, scar tissue may plague you for weeks, months and maybe even years after your surgery, depending on your level of activity and the amount of conservative treatments you have done during your rehabilitation. Scar tissue is a major problem, especially when it comes to re-injury of your elbow. When dealing with scar tissue it is always important to:
- listen well to your physician and if conservative treatments are recommended, remember to stick to your (daily) treatment plan using these therapies, to avoid further surgery or avoid surgery altogether!
- if surgery cannot be avoided, know that frequent use of the Freezie Wrap® after your surgery, will help reduce the swelling very quickly. Much of the pain you feel will be from the swelling, and you will be surprised how fast the pain drops off once the swelling is down. Using the Freezie Wrap® is also recommended as a conservative treatment option to help increase your chances of avoiding surgery altogether.
- the Inferno Wrap® is a safe, electromagnetic energy device that will help reduce scar tissue and increase blood flow to the area (thereby accelerating the body's own healing process). Treating your elbow with this device after surgery is probably the easiest and most effective way to accelerate your recovery. Using the Freezie Wrap® is a highly effective conservative treatment option that will increase your chances of avoiding surgery altogether.
- when applied before stretching, the Inferno Wrap® will help the connective tissue in your ankle joint elongate, and stay elongated. This will help improve your range of motion and may prevent joint atrophy.
- repeated motion through exercise can not only get rid of scar tissue, but also promote growth of healthy, flexible tissue.
Overall, continued treatment with the Inferno Wrap® and Freezie Wrap® will maintain good health in your elbow and significantly reduce your risk of reinjury.
It may seem hard to believe, but regardless of what type of elbow surgery you have undergone (or are trying to prevent), our Freezie Wrap® and Inferno Wrap® home therapy products will assist you in recovering from your injury faster and reduce the chance of degenerative conditions by maximizing blood flow where it is needed most, reduce swelling and inflammation induced pain.
Are You Dealing with Rehabilitation After Elbow Surgery?
We Have Answers that can Help...
Most cases of tendonitis/tendonosis will respond well to conservative treatments. Undergoing surgery, whether you have an open, percutaneous or mini-open procedure, can be a scary and challenging time for most.
The Internet and any medical professionals available to you (your surgeon, orthopaedic specialist and/or physical therapist) will provide a wealth of information and details on the surgery itself, but it can be a challenge to fully understand the medical terminology used, how your body reacts to the surgery and what comprehensive rehabilitation plan will get your body healed as soon as possible.
Surgery in itself is not the end of the journey, it is merely
the beginning of a new chapter. Your rehabilitation efforts will have an important impact on how soon you can return to living and enjoying your normal daily life.
It truly takes a cohesive rehab plan after surgery - incorporating conservative therapy, rest and physical therapy/exercise - to ensure a complete recovery takes hold. There is no single answer and each individual experience in rehabilitation is different.
We here at AidMyElbow provide suggestions and options for people to help get them through this life changing event. We assist many people in shaping an individual course of action to help them heal after surgery.
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