Recovering From Knee Surgery With Cryotherapy and Compresson
Recovery from a knee injury can be frustrating for many people. Especially when mobility is affected which is the case with injuries to the knee. Another source of frustration is the timeline for recovery. The timeline can be a long course of action. For athletes who need and want to get back on the playing field this can be additional frustrating. For every day people they just want life to have some normalcy again and a speedy recovery and the return of mobility can bring normalcy back to life.
This begs the question… How do we ease a speedy or accelerated recovery from knee surgery?
To answer this question it is important to understand shared knee injuries, what steps to follow in order to quickly retrieve, the normal or typical time it takes to retrieve, and how using cryotherapy and compression can ease a fast recovery.
shared knee injuries:
ACL stands for Anterior Cruciate Ligament. The ACL is a band of connective tissue that connects the tibia to the femur by the middle of the knee-joint. The ACL is an important ligament that provides stability for turning or planting. This kind of knee injury can occur without contact and when planting or pivoting the foot in a certain way. Athletes who suffer this kind of knee injury often need reconstructive surgery because how important the ACL is to stabilizing the knee.
MCL stands for Medial Collateral Ligament. Like the ACL this knee ligament provides stability to the knee. This ligament runs along the inner side of the knee-joint. Unlike the ACL an MCL injury often occurs when there is physical contact or a blow to the knee.
The Meniscus in the knee is cartilage tissue that gives cushion to the knee-joint and dampens friction between the tibia and femur. The knee-joint has two menisci. A torn Meniscus can come from impact or from rotation at specific angles.
It is possible to have all three of these knee injuries in an accident. Having all three is most shared in athletes
Whether you experience all three injuries at once or just one of the mentioned injuries, the recovery course of action is similar for each injury.
Knee Surgery Recovery
After knee surgery you will want to be back on your feet as fast as possible. To do this it is important to follow the advice and recommendations from your physician. Don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about the following.
For our bodies to heal we need rest. already after you begin to get your rang of motion back after surgery it is nevertheless important to rest your surgically repaired knee. Your doctor and your physical therapist will give advice about how active you should be during the recovery course of action. Not only is rest important during waking hours, but also getting plenty of sleep at night will only aid in the recovery course of action.
The information cryotherapy comes from two Greek words. “Cryo” which method cold and “Therapy” which method heal. Cryotherapy is the applying of cold temperatures to an injury in order to reduce inflammation, swelling, pain, and the build-up of excess fluid (edema). Applying cold temperatures to injuries or damaged tissue will slow the cellular metabolism, which results in a decline in the need of oxygen that the damaged tissue normal would need.
It is shared to have excessive build-up of fluids in and around the knee post surgery. This can slow the healing course of action down. Compression can prevent this excess fluid from building up and reduces inflammation at the same time. Active compression is when compression is being applied off and on like a pump. This kind of compression is more advantageous than static compression. Active compression facilitates oxygenated blood to flow to the damaged tissue and prevents edema. This consequence is a faster healing timeline for your knee.
Good nutrition and plenty of sleep will allow your body to use the energy it needs to heal itself. Make sure to do this, this can not hurt, but will only help your body.
In conclusion recovery from knee surgery can be a long course of action. To shorten that course of action, following your doctor’s instructions is important which may include rest, cryotherapy, compression, and healthy living.