It borders on common sense. Ice is an effective first aid choice for many ailments--bumps, bruises, and even insect bites. Now it makes "scientific sense" how cold treatments play a major role in helping patients get better, faster after orthopedic surgery. Called cryotherapy, cold treatments are believed to help ease pain, swelling, and inflammation after surgery. Cryotherapy even helps patients improve faster using fewer painkillers. Past studies have proven that patients given cold treatments after knee surgery generally recover more quickly, gaining joint movement faster and finding it easier to get up and walk. However, these studies have only shown a drop in temperature on the skin's surface. This is the first human study to show how applying cryotherapy after knee surgery can lower the temperature inside the knee joint. Seventeen patients had knee surgery. After surgery, a special cooling wrap was placed over each patient's sore knee. Twelve patients began their cold treatments i...
A few weeks back I had knee surgery. I wrote a post about my concerns having to do with adhesives that may be used during or after surgery as I have skin reactions with certain adhesives.
Being clear with my doctors before the procedure was helpful: they didn't use any adhesives on or around my incisions, which was great. Annoyingly, I did have a reaction -- one big hive -- to the Ace bandage and had to remove it with 24 hours after the procedure versus the 72 they prefer. Ah well.
Having any procedure with anesthesia with asthma and allergies seems a little extra dicey, at least for the person who's receiving sedation, etc. Luckily, my anesthesiologist had asthma himself! Yup, we chit-chatted about all things asthma and turns out we took the same medications as children ( Theophylline , in case you were wondering).
For the past year or so leading up to the surgery for my knee, I had been experiencing back pain. Looking for non-medical, non-surgical ways to relax my...
If you are getting older, then you might want to read about how to prevent knee pain. Since none of us are getting any younger, I guess everyone should read this; our knees are just getting older like the rest of our parts. Here are a few tips to help you avoid knee pain.
Keep Your Legs Strong: Those big thigh muscles really do support the knee when you’re walking, lifting, climbing and squatting. A simple but effective exercise is simply doing a short-arc knee extension while your knee is supported on a pillow; ankle weights are optional.
Be Kind to Your Knees: The days of old when you could pound the pavement are gone. Now, as you are getting older, there is less cushioning in your knees. Runners might need to switch to biking or swimming. Tennis players might need to switch to playing doubles or find a different more knee-friendly sport.
Wear Good Shoes: Time and time again, someone complaining of knee pain is wearing flip-flops, a shoe that is in the Hall of Sham...
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