The early stages after a joint operation can be tough, there can be pain, there can be swelling, medication that causes abdominal upset, poor sleep and all the while having a series of exercises to do.
Anything that can be used to make this period shorter and more comfortable for a patient is worth considering.
Very often following surgery, the surgeon will recommend a period of Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation, commonly known as R.I.C.E. This has been widely used in many physiotherapy fields for many years, and although there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that applying ice to soft tissue injuries can hinder the healing process, it is still a vital part of treatment in the post op environment.
One of the most impressive adjuncts in this period of time that we have come across is the Game Ready.
“The Game Ready System simultaneously delivers both adjustable cold therapy and intermittent compression, making it easy to apply the two most difficult-to-manage aspects of the RICE regime. The microprocessor-driven Control Unit and our Dual-Action Anatomical Wraps, featuring NASA spacesuit design, enable your treatment with the Game Ready System.”
There are numerous advantages for using an adjunct such as:
- Decreases pain, muscle spasms, swelling
- Reduces metabolic activity and cellular demand for oxygen to reduce tissue damage
- Mimics muscle contractions, pumping oedema out of the injured area
- Stimulates tissue healing
- Increases blood flow and delivery of oxygen to the injury site
- Optimizes lymphatic drainage
These positive benefits are supported with some pretty robust research.
So is the Game Ready the only thing on the market? No of course not, and you can use a search engine to explore some of the other alternatives such as ‘Aircast Cryo Cuff’. But from our client reviews the Game Ready is certainly an option to be considered.
When thinking about the post-operative time period, just as it is essential to have an experienced therapist that can guide you through the rehabilitation phase, and for your medical team to organise effective pain management, it can also be incredibly helpful to make the most of technological advancements to help make this tough post op period a little easier.
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