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Not every tendon injury or condition requires surgery.
It is generally understood by doctors and surgeons, that surgery will introduce more scar tissue into the tendon 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.
Most doctors, physicians and orthopedic specialists will recommend conservative therapy for minor tendon tears injuries before considering surgery.
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 tendon.
- 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. Immediate pain relief and reduced inflammation can also relieve some of the pressure that's being placed on your 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 injury. Yes, you may have pain relief, but at the high cost of re-injury or your tendon 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 tendon injury?
Have you ever asked yourself this question? At AidYourTendon we have had this question asked of us for years. We have created this website to answer this any many other tendon related injury questions. We are born to heal our injuries, but why does it our body fail?
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.
Safe, Effective Conservative Treatment Options are Available
If your physician has decided that your tendon 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 AidYourTendon - the Freezie Wrap®, Inferno Wrap® and the Knee-Flex® Passive Heel to Hip Stretching Device.
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. The longer you have waited to have surgery will also be a factor that determines what type of surgery is needed.
Has it been weeks or months since the injury?
With acute (recent) tearing the separation in your tendon 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 the tendon from the bone it is important to have the tissue reattached. One week after a tendon has ruptured the ends of the tendon 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 tendon 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.
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 tendon injury.
Open Tendon Surgery
This is the traditional surgery; typical only used when there is a large amount of damage to the tendon tissue, fractures are result from an acute injury or there are several tendons or ligaments have been damaged as well. During this procedure one long incision(s) may made in the area of your injury.
An open incision this large also provides enough room for the surgeon to prepare a tissue for repairing to the tendon or sewing the tendon together, non-absorbable sutures make sure that the repair is as strong as possible. A small screw/anchor is used to reattach the tendon back to the bone if the it has been ruptured completely. Surgeons often use a strong nylon or polyester material to bring the edges of your torn tendon together.
An open procedure with precise suturing improves overall strength of your tendon during the recovery process, making it less likely to re-rupture in the future.
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.
This procedure is typically used for conditions such as Tendocalcaneal bursitis, Achilles Tendinitis, Achilles (mid-point or insertional) Tendonitis and in some cases when the tendon has ruptured as well.
Mini-Open Tendon Repair
Depending on the area of your tendon injury, this procedure may have the surgeon will make one long incision in the skin and/or smaller vertical incisions. These smaller vertical incisions are made with a pair of surgical scissors and are commonly referred to as "stab incisions".
Once the incisions are opened up, the surgeon will place precise sutures in the tendon tissue as described above with the locking loop in non-absorbable stitches to strengthen the damaged tendon tissue. This suturing technique reduces the amount of scar tissue on the tendon after surgery and provides better surface healing of the skin. Unlike the traditional method of an open surgery, this procedure has less risks and complications involved. To learn about all risks you may face be sure to speak to your doctor.
This type of operation is normally used on joints of the body, such as shoulders knees, and/or ankle. During this procedure is done with 2 to 4 small keyhole incisions approximately 4 to 5 mm in length, a thin tube containing a camera and light inserted through an incision near the joint. This type of surgery will provide the surgeon with first hand look into the nature of the injury and possibly limit the amount of to the tendon tissue damage from surgery, helping promote a more effective recovery.
Percutaneous Tendon Surgery
During this procedure the surgeon will make 3 to 4 incisions (approx. 2.5 cm long) in the skin. Small forceps are used to free the soft tissue casing around your damaged tendon to make room for the surgeon to stitch/suture any tears.
Instead of making several 2.5 cm incisions for this procedure, they will use a surgical needle to repeatedly stab your tight and constricted tendon. These "stab incisions" will allow the surgeon to lengthen your tendon without seeing the actual tissue. This type of tendon surgery has been very successful in providing range of motion. In most cases the tendon in question has had open surgery with unsuccessful results and a build-up of scar tissue has further tightened the tissue.
During this procedure the surgeon will make 3 small holes in your abdomen. Small incisions (about 1/4 inch each) are made below the belly button and a small, fiber-optic camera (laparoscope) is inserted to give the surgeon a first-hand look at the tissue that needs to be repaired.
The surgeon will then repair your groin injury with a few sutures or a mesh screen that's attached with surgical staples. Since this procedure only uses a few small incisions you will generally have a brief recovery period using conservative treatment methods (heat, ice) and get back to your normal activities within 4 to 6 weeks. This is an outpatient procedure; which means that you'll go under general anesthesia and get sent home the same day as your surgery. Unlike the traditional method of an open surgery, this procedure has less risks and complications involved.
How long will it take me to recovery from tendon surgery?
If you are suffering from a chronic tendon injury that requires surgery. Most times your doctor will have you working hard on healing with conservative treatment therapies first. This process may include cold compression, blood flow stimulation, physical therapy sometimes up to 6 to 30 months. This is done because your body has the ability to heal it just needs help. It does happen that you have ended up in of a state of non-healing then surgical intervention is done to help kick start your natural healing process.
If you are suffering from an acute tendon injury and surgery is needed. Your surgeon will require you to wait up to 72 hours before they will do the repair to the tendon tissue. This gives your body time for the injury to settle down.
Shoulder Tendon Surgery;
Calcific Tendonitis, Rotator Cuff (Supraspinatus Tendinitis) and Bicep Tendinitis - open surgery or arthroscopic is used as a two types of surgeries to help you recover from your condition. If you have been suffering from a chronic condition your surgery will be more involved and your recovery time may be longer than normal. Shoulder strength and range of motion return, usually after after 6 to 8 weeks with regular physical therapy included as part of your shoulder recovery. Depending on your job (and whether your occupation has caused your condition), you may be able to return back to work within a few months. Overall healing of your shoulder after surgery may take upwards of 4 to 6 months, which means you may not be able to return to sports or heavy use of your arm for some time.
Foot and Ankle Tendon Surgery; Posterior Tibial Tendonitis, Peroneal Tendonitis, Sesamoiditis and any type of toe deformities. All require open surgery to remove and/or repair the damaged tissue. You may be placed in a cast or splint and use crutches for 4 to 12 weeks. This will depend on how chronic your condition was before you have surgery. Complete recovery may take 6 months to one full year before you may gain complete range of motion in your foot or ankle after surgery.
Knee Tendonitis Surgery;
Surgical techniques for repairing and/or replacing damage tendon tissue with such conditions as Pes Anserine Tendinitis, Quadriceps Tendonitis and Hamstring Tendonitis. All require either open or arthroscopic surgery for you to be able to completely recover from your condition. Recover will depend the amount of damage to the tissue before surgery and if it is an acute injury or chronic knee tendonitis. Recovery time from knee tendonitis surgery is 2 to 4 weeks, your leg can usually bear about 50% of your body weight. After 4 to 6 weeks, your leg should be able to handle your full body weight. Reaching full complete recovery may take 6 to 12 months.
Hip Tendonitis Surgery;
Gluteus Medius Tendonitis, Hip Flexor Tendonitis (Iliopsoas & Iliacus Tendonitis), Iliotibial Band (IT Band) Tendonitis / Syndrome
Arthroscopic surgery 2 to 3 small incisions in and around your hip. Your surgeon will insert small tools into the hip joint to repair, remove and/or shave your damaged bursa tissue. If you're suffering from a secondary condition along with tendonitis such as bursitis, your surgeon may need to add 1 to 2 more incisions for additional soft tissue repair. Your tendon may end up being much looser than before you had surgery. Generally, the surgeon wants to make sure your greater hip tendon tissue isn't rubbing on the surface of the other tissue in your hip and your don't continue to suffer from this condition
During post-operative recovery from hip tendonitis surgery you'll be on crutches for 2 to 4 weeks. You'll also need to wear a brace for 2 weeks to protect the delicate tissues in your hip and prevent extreme movement. The brace will need to be worn over your clothing during weight bearing activities while still using your crutches. You may also need to wear the brace while you sleep for the first week after surgery.
You'll have to attend physical therapy sessions quite a few times a week during your post-surgery recovery. Physical therapy may even take several months. You'll be encouraged to move around as soon as possible, but with care placed on protecting your hip and the tissues as they heal.
Thigh Tendonitis Surgery (Adductor Tendinitis);
Returning to sport or physical activities within 6 to 12 weeks after surgery is common in groin pain athletes. If surgery is needed to correct a long standing chronic condition. If you have had a large amount of damage to the tissue your recovery much longer than normal. As a the tissue in groin is a very blood starved area and is slow in any sense to recover naturally on it own. This also can explain why you have been suffering for a lengthy time with this condition. There are two methods of surgical techniques to repair the damaged tissue Laparoscopic and open groin
Hand / Wrist Tendonitis Surgery;
Extensor Tendonitis, Flexor Tendonitis, de Quervain's Syndrome, and Thumb Tendinitis- Open and "Mini-Palm" or "Mini-Open" Repair are three types of surgery options for hand and wrist tendonitis. After surgery you may need to continue regular physical therapy appointments for 6 to 8 weeks. General grip exercises may continue for up to 4 to 5 months after your surgery using tools like stress balls, Nerf balls or grip strengtheners and in this time you may have fully recovered or still continue to strengthen the tissue and reduce scar tissue.
Elbow / Forearm Tendonitis Surgery;
Golfers Elbow Tendinitis Surgery and Tennis Elbow Tendinitis Surgery ; Surgery is the last resort with elbow conditions. 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. Arthroscopic surgery or percutaneous tenotomy are the preferred procedures as they are minimally invasive and patients usually recover at a much faster rate. Some cases however, will require open surgery as the scope of arthroscopic surgery is limited in comparison to full exposure of the elbow in open surgery. If you undergo an open surgery for your Elbow Tendonitis, you should anticipate a much longer time for rehabilitation efforts.
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.
After your Tendon Surgery
During the first 24 to 72 hours after the surgery you will be tender, swollen and very painful. You may be weak and unstable; maybe you have been outfitted for a cast, crutches, brace or support aid. When you are relying on a this support aid and less likely to be as active as it once was. This is usually why atrophy (loss) of your muscles and soft tissue happens.
It is important to understand that surgery may not give you 100% functionality of your injured tendon, but you should be able to return to most if not all of your pre-injury activities. These surgical procedures are often performed with very successful results. What truly makes a difference is your commitment to a doctor recommended rehabilitation program after surgery as there is always a possibility of re-injuring your tendon even after a surgical procedure.
Ask any doctor and they will tell you that the success of your surgery depends on your level of dedication to regular at home care of your tendon injury. Most of our tendon post-op clients have treated themselves successfully through regular use of the Freezie Wrap®, Inferno Wrap® and the Knee-Flex®.
Using these therapies will lessen the chance and/or severity of joint degeneration and muscular atrophy during your rehabilitation process. In some cases our customers have prevented the onset of degeneration through regular use of these treatments. They will even combine these therapeutic treatments with the rehabilitation plan recommended by their doctor, surgeon or physical therapist.
Getting Started with Your Post-Operative Rehabilitation
If you have undergone surgery on your damaged tendon 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®, Inferno Wrap® and Knee-Flex® into your rehabilitation routine. Regular treatment with an Freezie Wrap® and Inferno Wrap® will decrease your time spent in recovery.
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 tendon 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, such as for example; Rotator Cuff tendinitis surgery repair, the arm/shoulder is immobilized 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 shoulder.
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 tendon 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 tendon 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, approx. 2-6 weeks after 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 tissue. 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 tendon 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 tendon and boost flexibility of your tissue.
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 tendon or the surrounding tissues. Controlling your inflammation immediately after exercise, for at least 15 to 20 minutes, with an Freezie Wrap® may prevent the chance of re-injury to your tendon. If you don't treat your swelling immediately after finishing exercise, you will likely experience a setback in your recovery.
At Home Stretching/Exercise
Talk to any doctor and they will tell you just how important it is to commit to regular exercise at home as well as in the clinic. You can easily integrate high quality, clinic based devices into your at-home routine by using a Knee-Flex®.
If you are recovering from hamstring, quadricep or calf tendon surgery. Stretching the tissue is highly important to full recovery. The full heel to hip movement is a common to many physical therapy recovery routines. It is considered to be a foundation stretch used to rehabilitate from a variety of injuries, including recovery from open tendon surgery, arthroscopic surgery or mini-open repair procedures. Your physical therapist will prescribe movement to introduce gentle stretching and keep your tendon active and moving.
The Knee-Flex® = A New, Revolutionary Advancement
on a Trusted Form of Rehabilitation
It can be difficult to achieve consistent physical therapy exercises at home. Your physical therapist may even recommend household tools to help you achieve consistent stretching and assistance during your stretching routine. The problem with this is that using some household tools (like plastic bags or cookie sheets) to create a fluid heel sliding motion can be unsafe, with little to no control over what your body is actually doing!
This is where the Knee-Flex® comes in! This specially designed tool provides safe, consistent, controlled heel to hip movement on a sturdy, hardwood track. This makes sure that your heel slides and tendon/muscle stretching is the same every time! This proprietary device is even used in hospital and clinics across Canada and now YOU can have access to this amazing technology in the comfort of your own home!
- build muscle strength the tendons and ligaments in your entire leg; calf muscle, hamstrings, quadricep
- increase mobility and range of motion (ROM)
- speed overall healing
- prevent muscle loss (atrophy)
- improve muscular function and capability
- refine tissue alignment and physical balance
- encourage joint and tissue flexibility
- facilitate proper warm up for regular exercise
- promote healthy circulation in your muscle and tendon tissue
If you are looking for a treatment plan that will give you encouraging short-term results and the benefits of long-term health care, speak to your doctor, surgeon and/or physical therapist about adding the Knee-Flex® to your recovery plan today!
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.
Expectations for Long-term Recovery
Why Treat Injury after Injury when You can Prepare
Your Body for Lifelong Health?
Rehabilitation after your tendon surgery is just the beginning of your recovery process. Even after you've had surgery to fix your tendon, your tendon will never heal 100%. Unfortunately from this point forward you will always need to be careful with your tendon. Your tendon is weaker now, it will never be as strong as it was before you got hurt, and your risk of re-injury is much higher.
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 tendon 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®, Inferno Wrap® and Knee-Flex® 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 tendon 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.
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 tendon to stop cellular damage, relieve pain, and decrease swelling.
- After exercise, workouts or activity of any kind to prevent re-injury of your tendon.
- Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to control pre and post-surgery pain and swelling.
- Anytime you feel your tendon is making you feel tender, painful or you're having a flare-up of an old tendon 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 tendon injury.
Reduced blood flow slows down your recovery process and keeps your tendon 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 tendon 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 tendon injury isn't even close to being fully healed.
After the inflammation in and around your tendon 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...
Dealing with Scar Tissue After Tendon Surgery
How Scar Tissue Affects Your Rehabilitation
Scar tissue is something that will be present in your tendon before and after your surgery. The growth of scar tissue is ultimately what causes stiffening in your tendon, 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 tendon. 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 tendon 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. Our Knee-Flex® can provide natural, fluid, passive stretches for your tendon while recovering from surgery. Regular, consistent exercises with a Knee-Flex® will stretch scar tissue, increasing extensibility and flexibility of the tissue and improve overall range of motion (ROM).
Overall, continued treatment with the Inferno Wrap®, Freezie Wrap® and Knee-Flex® will maintain good health in your tendon and significantly reduce your risk of re-injury.
It may seem hard to believe, but regardless of what type of tendon surgery you have undergone (or are trying to prevent), our Freezie Wrap®, Inferno Wrap® and Knee-Flex® 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.
Learn More About SUPERIOR Tendon Treatments
Learn more about how the Freezie Wrap® is designed to be the most effective cold compression wrap on the market today.
Learn more about how the Inferno Wrap® helps with the healing process.
Learn more about how the Knee-Flex® Passive Tendon Stretching Device can assist rehab exercises to increase mobility and deal with chronic scar tissue.
Are You Dealing with Rehabilitation After Tendon Surgery?
We Have Answers that can Help...
Most cases of tendonitis/tendinosis will respond well to conservative treatments, however, surgery will be needed in some cases (especially with a full Achilles tendon rupture). Undergoing tendon 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 AidYourTendon 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.
If you have undergone tendon surgery and you would like to ask us questions on steps needed to ensure more complete healing, then call our office toll free: 1-866-237-9608
AidYourTendon Played A Key Role In A Fast Recovery
I purchased the Inferno and Freezie because on August 28th my life changed, I was in Florida at the beach taking my last skimboarding run when I heard the dreaded pop and hit from behind. I had in fact after an MRI 2 weeks later ruptured my Achilles Tendon 100%.
I was devastated... being 50, an athlete, former track record holder, my life came to a complete standstill. I found your site from an Achilles site with Blogs and I am very grateful.
My current condition is nothing short of a miracle.
I had surgery two and half weeks ago, surgery was open to repair tendon and was one hour 20 minutes. I was placed in a hard cast with toes down for 1 week, I observed all rules and used crutches 100%.
After 1 week cast was removed then I was back in my aircast, I could put absolutely no pressure whatsoever on the repaired leg for 4 days.
I received your products and immediately used them. The inferno wrap and freezie are my favorites, I just drove home 200 miles with the inferno wrap on via a 12 volt inverter.
Last Saturday night I went out in a flip flop with the injured foot to just get used to having some weight on it. This past week I experimented with different shoes and sneakers and when I attended my second PT session all the swelling and bruising was gone and I had great side to side motion still working on stretching the achilles.
Yesterday I drove with sneakers on and walked 1.5 miles on my sons college campus with no crutch, can, etc. Today I wore docksiders and drove home another 200 miles, I am now laying in bed with the Inferno on my left foot which has the intact achilles but it is sore due to disruption of weight from injury, at the same time I have the Freezie on my repaired leg.
After reading all the stories on the Internet and talking with people as well as knowing of the seriousness of this injury, I believe your products have played a key role to getting me back on my feet and my life headed back to normal 1000 times faster than the average achilles rupture patient.
Thank You so much for great products and superior service as well as unprecedented guarantee. I will let you know when I am walking normal without any limp
D Hunziker, Virginia
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
Results may vary. Always seek the advice of your physician
in choosing the best treatment option for you.
The Next Step Is Up To You!
Living with pain is never easy as it affects your entire lifestyle. Living with pain during or after intensive surgery with a lengthy rehabilitation period can be even harder! Nothing is more important than making the proper decision when it comes to treating your ankle pain after surgery.
Rehabilitation at home, while attending regular physical therapy or doctor appointments, is vital for your overall recovery. Consistent exercise and conservative treatment on a daily basis during your rehabilitation, while working with your doctor, surgeon or physical therapist, is key!
AidYourTendon stands out in this regard as our goal is to help you heal for the longer-term during your post-operative rehabilitation and beyond.
The bottom line is, you are welcome to try our products for a full 2 months. If you do not receive the benefits that others have experienced, simply return your purchase back to us and we will issue a prompt & full refund. There will be no hassle and no hard feelings.
If you are still uncertain which route to go or if you would like to discuss issues affecting your ankle pain, Achilles tendonitis, tendinosis or other soft tissue injuries, then do not hesitate to contact an AidYourTendon Advisor immediately by phone or email.
North America Toll Free 1-866-237-9608
Outside North America +1-705-445-3505
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AidYourTendon advisors do not work on commission, so be assured you will only receive fair and objective information.