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Not every muscle injury or condition requires surgery.
It's generally understood by doctors and surgeons, that surgery will introduce more scar tissue into the muscle 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 muscle tear 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 muscle.
- Cold Compression - Immediate cold compression (using the ColdCure Wrap®) will allow you to manage your pain while getting rid of swelling, inflammation and edema in your muscle.
- 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
Steroid injections can provide temporary relief from the pain of muscle & tendon related injuries and are very popular. However, these injections should generally be avoided if possible as they weaken muscles/tendons and may lead to a rupture. If you do opt for an injection, doctors usually recommend that you do not participate in strenuous activities for several weeks to reduce the risk of a rupture.
"In other words, in some way, the cortisone shots impede full recovery, and compared with those adopting a wait-and-see policy, those getting the shots 'are worse off'. Those people receiving multiple injections may be at particularly high risk for continuing damage." (reference: Reynolds, G. (1288). Phys Ed: Do Cortisone Shots Actually Make Things Worse?. Well. Retrieved 17 November 2016, from website)
"Complications of cortisone shots can include:
"Risks - Cortisone Shots - Mayo Clinic". 2016. Mayoclinic.Org. Accessed November 17 2016. website
- Joint Infection
- Nerve Damage
- Thinning of skin & soft tissue around injection site
- Temporary Flare of Pain & Inflammation in the Joint
- Tendon Weakening or Rupture
- Thinning of Nearby Bone
- Death of Nearby Bone
- Temporary Increase in Blood Sugar"
Why can't I heal my muscle injury?
Have you ever asked yourself this question? Here at AidMyMuscle we have had this question asked of us for years. We've created this webpage to answer this any many other muscle related injury questions.
If we're born to heal our own injuries, why does our body take so long to heal?
When we have a deep tissue muscle injury the tissue and cells are damaged. Your body responds to this damage with healing right away. During this healing process your muscle spasms and this contraction is meant to hold the tissue still to prevent any further injury. Swelling and inflammation is your body's way of sending blood to the area to start healing. Healing at this point will also expand the blood vessels in the injured tissue - they enlarge and swell causing you pain. This pain is a signal for you to lessen activity that would put anymore undue stress on your muscle injury. It also acts as a reminder that you have an injury.
Why are muscle injuries so hard to over come?
In two words - scar tissue.
Muscle tissue is meant to be soft and flexible, ready to work and move extreme forces in everyday activities. Damaged muscles heal with scar tissue; little tiny band-aids that overlap each other on the tissue mending the injury. With the added scar tissue the muscle becomes rigid, less ready to move and unable to recieve the full force of your movements. If you're suffering with scar tissue now you may feel the effects with stiffness, tightness, weakness and tiredness in your muscles.
Scar tissue can form fast to bring together the edges of a muscle tear, but working fast doesn't mean that the job's done right. When scar tissue forms it doesn't come together as neatly as regular (healthy) tissue would. Scar tissue fibers will lay down over top of your tear in a cluttered, messy and jumbled up way.
Imagine throwing a bunch of drinking straws in the air... When those straws hit the ground they'll land in a random, unorganized way. It even seems silly to think that those straws could land perfectly straight and all in the same direction.
Using conservative treatment methods (like warm temperature therapy) will help to soften scar tissue and bring more blood flow to allow your body to convert this scar tissue to normal, healthy tissue much more quickly. Stretching also helps to organize the scar tissue, increasing the strength of this tissue so it's more like the weave of a basket. Using conservative treatment methods and stretching regularly are both key parts of your recovery and your physical therapy after surgery.
Safe, Effective Conservative Treatment Options are Available
If your physician has decided that your muscle 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 AidMyMuscle - the ColdCure Wrap®, BFST Wrap® and our Passive Stretching Ebooks.
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 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's possible to do so. Most surgeons know that a less complicated procedure will have less trauma to the muscle and a much quicker rate of recovery after the surgery.
If you're suffering from an acute muscle injury and surgery is needed your surgeon will have you wait up to 72 hours before they'll do the repair to the muscle tissue. This gives your body time for the injury to settle down.
If you're in pain why do they make you wait before they repair your muscle injury?
Your body will send a large amount of blood via inflammation to the tissue where the damage is located to start the healing process. Muscle tissue is very soft and squishy to begin with; damage or injury of any kind only further weakens the muscle. The increased blood flow makes the muscle tissue even softer, almost like Jello. During the first few days of injury, the surgeon will have a difficult time sewing your 'jello-like' tissue back together. If the surgeon even tried to do this it's likely that you'd end-up needing more surgery as the procedure to fix your muscle won't hold.
If you've suffered a complete rupture of your muscle it's important to have the tissue reattached. If not the muscle will shrink and you may lose strength, or in some cases, experience a decrease in your range of motion. Your doctor will advise you to treat your injury with cold compression for at least 48 to 72 hrs after the injury to allow the inflammation to be reduced. This must be done before any other therapy, treatment or surgery can happen.
One week after your muscle has ruptured the muscle may begin travel away from the bone and / or separate from the remaining muscle. The ends of the tissue begin to fill in with scar tissue as part of the healing process. This added scar tissue decreases the natural strength of the muscle and may negatively affect your ability to do normal activities.
Muscles begin to atrophy (waste away) only after a few days of disuse. As time passes the muscle fibers shrink and the muscle loses strength and the cells begin to die inside the muscle. (source: Amercian Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons)
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. Your surgeon may make a larger incision into your skin so they're able to retrieve this tissue.
An injury that's 4 to 6 weeks old is considered a chronic rupture. When you have a chronic muscle rupture the tear continues to separate further. A chronic rupture requires a difficult, drastic surgery - often times there may be a transfer of tissue 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's always best to discuss all possible risks and complications with your doctor 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 muscle injury.
Open Muscle Surgery
This is the traditional surgery used when there's a large amount of damage to the muscle tissue, any bone fractures are result from an acute injury or additional tissue damage to other tendons or ligaments. During this procedure one long incision is made in the area of your muscle injury.
An open incision this large provides enough room for the surgeon to prepare the tissue for repair by re-attaching the torn muscle to the tendon or sewing the torn edges of the muscle together. Non-absorbale sutures are used to bring both sides of the tear together and make sure that the repair is as strong as possible. A small screw/anchor is used to reattach the tendon/muscle 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 muscle together. They use a locking-loop or three-loop pulley pattern to prevent the muscle tissue from gapping. This also provides the muscle with the 'tension' needed to ensure the muscle heals with stronger fibers. (source: US National of Library of Medicine - PubMed.gov)
An open procedure with precise suturing improves overall strength of your muscle during the recovery process, making it less likely to re-rupture in the future.
Debulking or Debridement of the Muscle Tissue
This surgical technique is done during open muscle surgery. To perform a debulking or debridement the surgeon will cut away any damaged/inflamed tissue. If the muscle is ruptured at the tendon, they will also scrape down any calcium deposits (bone spurs) that have formed on the bone. Scar tissue may be removed from the muscle fibers, tendons, tendon sheath surrounding the tissue or from both surfaces.
Debulking or debridement of the muscle is used as a last resort, if all methods of conservative therapy have been exhausted, in chronic muscle conditions.
Mini-Open Muscle Repair
For this procedure the surgeon will make one long incision in the skin and/or smaller vertical incisions depending on the area of your muscle injury. 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 muscle tissue with non-absorbable stitches to strengthen the damaged muscle tissue. This suturing technique reduces the amount of scar tissue on the muscle 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.
Percutaneous Muscle Surgery
This procedure can be down in 2 ways using regular (small) incisions or "stab incisions" with a needle.
When the regular (small) incision procedure is done, 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 muscle to make room for the surgeon to stitch/suture any tears.
As an alternative to the regular (small) incision approach, your surgeon may use a surgical needle to repeatedly stab your tight and constricted muscle. These "stab incisions" will allow the surgeon to lengthen your muscle without seeing the actual tissue. This type of muscle surgery has been very successful in providing range of motion. In most cases the muscle in question has had open surgery with unsuccessful results and a build-up of scar tissue has further tightened the tissue.
This type of surgery is normally used on joints of the body, like the shoulders or knees. This procedure is done using 2 to 4 small keyhole incisions approximately 4 to 5 mm in length. A thin tube containing a camera and light is inserted through an incision near the joint. Arthroscopic muscle surgery will provide the surgeon with a first hand look into the nature of the injury and what work must be done to fix the injury. If the damage is not extensive, the surgeon will be able to complete the repair through an arthroscopic procedure. This is a minimally invasive procedure so it may limit the amount muscle tissue damage from surgery, helping promote a more effective recovery.
How long will it take to recover
from muscle surgery?
If you're suffering from a chronic muscle injury that requires surgery your doctor will have you working hard on healing with conservative treatment therapies first. This process may include consistent cold compression therapy (with a ColdCure Wrap®), warm therapy to increase blood flow circulation (BFST® with a BFST Wrap®), muscle stretching Ebook guides and physical therapy.
Doctors will suggest that you give conservative treatment methods a try for anywhere between 6 to 30 months. This is done because your body has the natural ability to heal... It just needs help. If conservative treatments fail and your muscle injury remains in a state of non-healing, then surgical intervention is required to help kick start your natural healing process.
The recovery you'll face after muscle surgery will vary depending on the type of muscle you've injured in your body. Every muscle will tear differently, with different incisions and approaches to surgery, ultimately resulting in different recovery periods:
Forearm Muscle Surgery
This type of surgery is done most often with a mini-open repair. After your forearm muscle surgery it may take up to 6 weeks before you have full range of motion in your wrist and fingers. At this point you'll be able to use your arm and wrist for daily activities but a full return to weight bearing/load activities may take up to 9 months.
Trapezius Muscle Surgery
Repairing the trapezius muscle often requires a very involved process to protect your nerves and spine (if the injury is close to this area). In most cases a surgeon will repair this type of injury with an open surgery. The amount of work done by the surgeon in your open repair will affect how quickly you heal. The range of trapezius surgery can be small to large and full recovery may vary as widely as 3 weeks to 2 years.
Hamstring Muscle Surgery
Recovery from hamstring muscle surgery will often include many steps to the healing process. It's possible that you may not even start physical therapy appointments until 6 weeks after your surgery. Complete strength of your hamstring and return to sports without pain may take 4 to 5 months.
Calf Muscle (Tennis Leg) Surgery
After gastrocnemius release surgery (to repair your tennis leg injury) you can expect to start your recovery by wearing a boot brace on your calf/ankle for approximately 2 weeks. You may have to wear the brace up to 6 weeks at night. Healing and recovery from tennis leg surgery can take 8 to 12 weeks before returning to full acitivity. Some people suffer with ongoing weakness in their calf for up to 1 year after surgery.
Shin Splint Surgery
Having surgery for any type of shin splint injury is very rare. If you are a candidate of shin splint surgery your surgeon will perform a medial tibial stress syndrome surgery. People often experience pain reduction following shin splint surgery, but the success rate for fully returning to activity is quite low. This should be considered before having surgery. If you have undergone shin splint surgery you'll be on crutches for 2 weeks followed by normal walking. You won't be able to participate in any sports related activities for at least 6 weeks. If you're a runner you will not be able to resume until 3 months after your surgery with a gradual increase for both intensity and distance. A return to full activities my take between 6 to 12 months, but you may never return completel to the level of activity you were once at.
Quadriceps Muscle Surgery
A quadriceps muscle repair is a fairly simple, routine procedure. During your initial recovery you'll be placed in a brace that is locked between 0 to 30 degrees flex of your leg. After 4 to 6 weeks your range of motion exercises will increase and weight-bearing is encouraged and increased gradually. You may be required to wear the brace on your leg for 3 to 6 months and be restricted from contact type sports for 9 to 12 months.
Deltoid Muscle Surgery
Surgeons will usually perform a mini-open procedure to repair damage in the deltoid muscle. If you have suffered from an acute injury you may not need to wear a brace after your surgery. After the surgery is complete you should protect your shoulder at night when you sleep for at least 4 weeks.
Normally the more work the surgeon has done to repair the tissue, the more time you will spend recovering from the injury and surgery. You should expect not have full function of your shoulder and arm from 6 to 24 weeks. Physical therapy will be important to gain strength and range of motion in the shoulder. Preventing secondary conditions from developing is key to recovery. Lack of movement in the shoulder and deltoid muscle can weaken the arm and shoulder, leading to Frozen Shoulder.
Bicep Muscle Surgery
An open repair for the bicep muscle is only ever used to re-build a chronic tear or reattach the tissue to the bone. Generally, the recovery period includes early rehabilitation at about 10 days and may continue for 4 to 6 weeks. It may take up to 20 weeks to fully return to activities after bicep surgery. A gradual return to sport-specific movement will need to happen as well to make sure the deltoid muscle is healing.
Almost all postoperative care should include rest and restriction of movement for the affected area of the body. For some muscle injuries, 'rest' for the tissue can be made easier by immobilizing the injured muscle after surgery. For some injuries, the tissue may need to remain immobilized for up to 6 weeks. Long-term immobilization in some cases will help the tissue that is forming be strong and healthy.
After your Muscle 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; you may 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 you once where, taking it slow and easing back into things. Usually why atrophy (loss) of your muscles happen, but not to worry you will be on your phyiscal therapy appointment to build strength and get back your range of motion.
It is important to understand that surgery may not give you 100% functionality of your injured muscle, 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 muscle 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 muscle injury. Most of our muscle post-op clients have treated themselves successfully through regular use of the ColdCure Wrap®, BFST Wrap®, our Stretching, Exercise & Post-Op Care Ebooks® and our new KB Medical Support Tape®.
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 muscle injury then your physician will quickly get you on the path to rehabilitation. Now, the aggressiveness of your rehabilitation efforts and your injury's 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 on-going pain/swelling, and increasing blood flow to heal your muscle so that you can achieve long-term, positive results. This can easily be done by incorporating an ColdCure Wrap®, BFST Wrap®, and KB Medical Support Tape® into your rehabilitation routine. Regular treatment with an ColdCure Wrap® and BFST Wrap® will decrease your time spent in recovery. Usage of the KB Medical Support Tape® when applied properly, has been shown to reduce load on the injured soft tissue - reducing the chance of re-injury.
Speak to your doctor, surgeon or phsyical therapist about incorporating ColdCure Wrap® and BFST 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 muscle 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 bicep muscle tear surgery repair, the arm/shoulder is immobilized for daily activites 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 ColdCure 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 muscle 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.
Post-OP Phase 2: Start Physical Therapy
After your muscle 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 muscle tissue before you exercise, with a BFST Wrap®. A BFST 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 a BFST 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 muscles 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 muscles or the surrounding tissues. Controlling your inflammation immediately after exercise, for at least 15 to 20 minutes, with an ColdCure Wrap® may prevent the chance of re-injury to your muscle. If you don't treat your swelling immediately after finishing exercise, you will likely experience a setback in your recovery.
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.
Why Treat Injury after Injury when You can Prepare
Your Body for Lifelong Health?
Expectations for Long-term Recovery - Rehabilitation after your muscle surgery is just the beginning of your recovery process. Even after you've had surgery to fix your muscle injury, your tissue may will never heal 100%. Unfortunately, from this point forward you will always need to be careful with your inury site. Your tissue 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-injury of your muscle.
It's simple to manage long-term healing of your muscle injury 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 ColdCure Wrap® and BFST Wrap® into your treatment plan.
ColdCure Technology® can help you to decrease post-operative pain and swelling while also managing any pain from occasional inflammatory flare-ups (re-injury). The ColdCure Wrap® effectively targets cold compression therapy right at the source of your pain. Consistent treatment with an ColdCure Wrap® will effectively reduce you inflammation, draw the pain out of your muscle and gently numb the nerve endings in your tissue for rapid, long-lasting pain relief.
Each ColdCure Wrap® comes with 3 large gel packs that are specifically designed to wrap around the back of your injury site. With 3 massive gel packs you can have one inside the wrap while you are treating your muscle injury and the other 2 chilling in the freezer ready for use at any time. This means tailored treatment of your injury with perfect, consistent cooling temperatures - providing even more relief of pain and swelling.
During your last few stages of rehabilitation, while you are undergoing physical therapy and focusing on improvements to your range of motion, it is important to maintain healthy blood flow in your muscle. Strong and healthy tendons need a solid foundation of good recovery methods. While tissue is healing, blood flow can sometimes reduce to a trickle if on-going swelling and inflammation is experienced. It also takes time for veins carrying blood flow to your healing tissue to regrow after a traumatic event or surgery.
Reduced blood flow slows down your recovery process and keeps your muscle 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 muscle repair surgery. Your blood flow is what brings oxygen, nutrients, anti-bodies and energy to your healing tissue. It promotes the re-growth 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! A BFST 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.
Dealing with Scar Tissue After Muscle Surgery
How Scar Tissue Affects Your Rehabilitation
Scar tissue is something that will be present in your muscle before and after your surgery. The growth of scar tissue is ultimately what causes stiffening in your muscle tissue, 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 build-up 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 muscle. 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 ColdCure 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 ColdCure Wrap® is also recommended as a conservative treatment option to help increase your chances of avoiding surgery altogether.
- the BFST 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 muscle with this device after surgery is probably the easiest and most effective way to accelerate your recovery. Using the ColdCure Wrap® is a highly effective conservative treatment option that will increase your chances of avoiding surgery altogether.
- when applied before stretching, the BFST Wrap® will help the connective tissue from your ankle to your hip 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 stretching ebooks (click to see in shop) can provide natural, fluid, passive stretches for your muscles while recovering from surgery. Regular, consistent stretching will increase extensibility and flexibility of soft tissue and improve overall range of motion (ROM).
Overall, continued treatment with the BFST Wrap®, ColdCure Wrap® and KB Medical Support Tape® will maintain good health in your muscle and significantly reduce your risk of re-injury.
It may seem hard to believe, but regardless of what type of muscle surgery you have undergone (or are trying to prevent), our ColdCure Wrap®, BFST Wrap® and KB Medical Support Tape® home therapy products will assist you in recovering from your injury faster and reduce the chance of degenerative joint conditions by maximizing blood flow where it is needed most, reduce swelling and inflammation induced pain.
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Are You Dealing with Rehabilitation After Muscle Surgery?
We Have Answers that can Help...
Most cases of chronic muscle injury will respond well to conservative treatments, however, surgery will be needed in some cases (especially with a full muscle rupture). Undergoing muscle repair 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 challange 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 AidMyMuscle 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 muscle repair 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
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 muscle 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!
AidMyMuscle 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 muscle pain or other soft tissue injuries, then do not hesitate to contact an AidMyMuscle Advisor immediately by phone or email.
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