Dear MENDMESHOP People:
I just want you to know what miraculous relief your products gave me. I had a torn ligament near the inside ankle of my left foot (called "posterior tibial tendonitis" after a long series of non-effective treatments).
I received this injury last OCTOBER!!! (This is August!) My podiatrist had put me in an immovable "boot" the first 2 months (from about Nov. 1, 2011, to Jan 8, 2012. Then he put me in a lesser type of brace till the middle of May. I was not getting any better, so he put me in a "permanent" molded brace which supposedly would do the trick (according to him).
But I asked the one who fitted me with this brace how long he thought I would need it, and he plainly said, "The rest of your life!" I yelled, "NOOOOOOOOOO! I will not!!! I WILL BE HEALED!" However, I didn't know how.
I then began researching on the internet some other means of healing this type of injury. I found out that tendons do not heal well by themselves, so all I was doing was propping up my injury to a lifestyle of pain and hardship. By the grace of God, I had acquired a motorized chair (I called it my "Chariot") to use, which was a life-saver for about 9 months, or I would have been virtually apartment-bound in this retirement complex where we now live. So I was grateful for the chariot, but it wasn't helping my injured foot to heal. I thought it surely MUST BE healing, but that brace-fitter gave me a rude awakening that it was not, nor would it ever be! Wow!
So I researched on the internet any possible alternatives for healing my foot.
The MENDMESHOP had the most promising way of healing torn tendons, or tendonitis, that I could find. However, we had already spent lots of money on braces, etc., so I didn't purchase it right away. But that allowed me to see that truly, I was NOT getting any better, even in that fancy, molded-to-my foot-and-calf brace. So after more careful research and printing out the articles in your website to study, my husband and I agreed to take the plunge and order the products.
Right off the bat, I found that this was a company that was honest in its dealings, because your sales rep/counselor said it had been too long since my original injury for the Freezie Wrap to be effective, and I only needed the Inferno Wrap.
That was a big PLUS in my opinion, which indicated to me that MENDMESHOP was not just out to SELL if I would buy. I even argued somewhat with the rep, but he stood firm, saying I didn't need the Freezie at this point! So I followed his advice and he was so right!
I received my Inferno Wrap on July 14 and began using it right away. I used the Inferno Wrap at Medium intensity, at about 2 PM and 11 PM. I followed that routine faithfully for about 10 days, and then increased the procedure to 3 times per day for about 5 more days.
On August 2 (only 2 weeks and 5 days into the program) I became truly healed! TRULY HEALED, can you imagine?!? I could hardly believe it, but it was so! There was no pain even without my brace on. And I have not worn the brace since! For a couple of days I still used my "Chariot" for the longer walks I had to do, but then I began leaving it behind and walking normally -- no brace, no pain, no problem! I've even been shopping now without having to use one of those motorized chairs to get around. Thank you SO MUCH!!!
I hope you will use this letter to encourage others like me to "take the plunge" and order the equipment and do the routine. It works, and I'd be happy to help anyone do it. In fact, yesterday as I was shopping, I met a woman who had a "boot" on just like the one I first had. I could sypathize greatly with her, so I told her all about you and how to access you on the internet. I pray she will.
God bless all of you who run the MENDMESHOP.
To discuss your particular situation and how our products can help, call toll-free at 1-866-237-9608
Surgical Treatments for Osteoarthritis
Most people with osteoarthritis of the knee won't require surgery. However, if you fail to see improvement with the conservative treatments, or your arthritis is causing you constant pain and/or interfering with your daily living your physician may recommend a surgical option. Knee surgery is generally used to relieve continual pain and inflammation, to slow down or prevent the destruction of your knee joint, or to restore the use and function of the deteriorated areas. Sometimes seriously damaged joints need to be replaced with artificial ones.
There are always some risks associated with any surgery, which include but are not limited to possible anesthesia reactions, thrombophlebitis (blood clots) infection, allergic reaction to medications, nonunion of the bones, loosening of the new parts, and damage to surrounding nerves or blood vessels. However, modern techniques have significantly minimized the occurrence of these problems.
Although surgery is often successful at repairing damage and/or relieving pain, it does not necessarily return strength to your knee. Tenderness, pain, stiffness, scar tissue development and weakness are very common after surgery. That is why a strong commitment to rehabilitation utilizing the conservative treatments mentioned earlier is essential!
Most of these surgeries will require rehabilitation utilizing conservative treatments. Rest and Freezie Wrap® Cold Compression therapies can begin soon after surgery once the incision has healed up. Your surgeon should provide a treatment plan to help you regain normal use as soon as possible. Healing and recovery time really depend on the degree of damage done to your knee, the type of surgery, your age, pre-injury level of function and your rehabilitation.
This surgery involves making tiny incisions around your knee joint and inserting a pencil-thin, fiber optic camera with a small lens and lighting system in one hole, and small surgical instruments in the other holes. The surgeon will take a look inside your joint to investigate all your soft tissues and bones. These images will then be transmitted to a TV monitor, which allow the doctor to make a diagnosis and/or perform the surgery under video control. At the end of surgery, your incisions are closed, and a dressing is applied.
There are a number of different arthroscopic surgeries that can be performed to help relieve pain and inflammation in the early stages of osteoarthritis:
- Lavage - washout loose fragments of bone or tissue.
- Debridement - smooth out joint surface, trim or remove torn/damaged cartilage.
- Chondroplasty - flatten joint cartilage and clear away damaged bits.
- Abrasion Arthroplasty - reshape joint by rubbing damaged bits down into the bone until bleeding occurs with the hope that the cells turn into fibro-cartilage and create a new joint surface.
- Microfracture - puncture holes made in bone beneath the cartilage to create bleeding and clot formation with the hope that the clots build scar cartilage or fibro-cartilage and act as a patch surface.
- Meniscal repair - fix a torn meniscus.
If you have arthroscopic surgery you will generally be under some type of anesthesia, most are completed in day surgery and do not require an overnight stay. Generally you will be able to your start rehabilitation soon after surgery and return to normal activities within 6 weeks - 4 months after surgery. These surgeries do not cure osteoarthritis of the knee, however they will permit you to maintain and participate in an active lifestyle.
Although arthroscopic surgery has been a popular treatment for osteoarthritis, a study completed at the University of Western Ontario and the Lawson Health Research Institute in Canada challenges its effectiveness. In the study, published in the September 11, 2008 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers treated 2 groups of osteoarthritis patients with medication and physical therapy. 1 of these groups also underwent arthroscopic surgery. Patients of each group reported comparable improvements in pain, movement and function suggesting surgery had no additional therapeutic value over non-surgical methods. Although arthroscopic surgery may be useful for patients with ACL or meniscal tears, researchers recommend osteoarthritis patients pursue conservative treatment methods before resorting surgery.
A Tibial Osteotomy surgery involves:
- Cutting the upper part of the shinbone (tibia) on the outside (lateral side) and removing a wedge of bone, which changes the angle of the joint, and realigns the knee.
- Cutting the upper part of the shin bone (tibia) on the inside (medial side) and insert a bone graft to hold the wedge open. This also changes the angle of the joint and realigns the knee.
In both surgeries a pin is used to bring the edges together, and the leg is placed in a padded splint. A tibial osteotomy is considered a major surgery that requires a walker or crutches, stitch removal after 2 weeks, a brace for approximately 6 weeks and extensive rehabilitation.
The goal of this surgery is to shift the pressure on the cartilage from the damaged side to the healthy side of the knee, with the hope that the new positioning will help your cartilage regenerate and grow. This surgery is performed to reduce pain and delay degeneration of your knee joint. It is often recommended for people under 60 years of age who want to maintain an active lifestyle, or those who have osteoarthritis on only one side of their knee. It is recommended for those who suffer from bowleggedness or knock-kneedness. It is not always a successful surgery, however it generally allows you to buy time before a total knee replacement (lasts about 5 - 7 years).
Knee Replacement Surgery
There are 2 types of knee replacement surgery:
- Partial Knee Replacement surgery involves the removal and replacement of the damaged knee parts (some of the joint surfaces may still be healthy). The surgeon removes your damaged parts before putting in the implant, leaving the healthy portion untouched.
- Knee Replacement Surgery (Knee Arthroplasty or TKA) involves replacing the entire knee with an artificial implant. The bottom surface of the femur and top surface of the tibia are resurfaced with polished metal and attached directly to the bone. A plastic spacer on top of the new tibia part provides a slick surface that acts like cartilage. The patella is often made of plastic and/or a combination of metal/plastic; it sits in the groove over the new metal femur. All of these new parts stop the bones from rubbing together and causing pain.
A partial or full knee replacement is considered a major surgery that requires anywhere from a few days to a few weeks in the hospital, followed by minimal weight-bearing for 5-6 weeks, and an intensive rehabilitation period. It helps to relieve discomfort and improve your movement, permitting you to live a more active life.
It is used on patients who have exhausted other treatment types and suffer from advanced stages of osteoarthritis. It is most recommended for people 60 years or older, who will participate in low impact activities like swimming, biking, golfing and/or walking. It is not generally recommended for younger patients or those who participate in active and impact loading sports like skiing, basketball, squash, jogging or impact aerobics. These activities tend to put too much stress on the artificial joint causing it to loosen and/or crack; in turn requiring revision surgery to fix the damage. Once you have a knee replacement, talk with your physician about our Freezie Wrap®, BFST® and Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device products to see if they should be a part of your knee replacement surgery rehabilitation.
Knee Fusion (Arthrodesis) is a salvage procedure that is often used after a failed total knee replacement and/or if a knee replacement can't be done. It involves cutting off the bony ends of the femur and tibia, and stripping out the ligaments, menisci and synovial joint lining so that the 2 bones can be fused together with pins, plates or screws in a straight position (with a slight bend). The hope is that the ends of the bones will eventually grow together. It is another major surgery that requires extensive rehabilitation. Once you have a knee replacement, talk with your physician about our Freezie Wrap®, BFST® and Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device products to see if they should be a part of your knee replacement surgery rehabilitation.>
This surgery provides a stable and pain-free, though stiffer and shorter leg; most people will be able to bear weight better, however they will walk with a slight limp. The success of this surgery is really dependent on your bone stock, your age and your health prior to surgery. Generally surgeons prefer to perform this surgery on younger and/or more active individuals; although it is not used as frequently as in the past.
Knee Surgery Recovery
If you have had or will be having knee surgery, remember that proper post-surgery rehabilitation is very important, perhaps even more important than the surgery itself. Activities should set out to promote healing, increase flexibility in the knee and strengthen surrounding muscles.
An important point for knee osteoarthritis patients to remember after surgery is that every effort must be made to increase strength in the knee joint. Weakness in the knee can usually be eliminated by extra strengthening exercises, but increased stiffness can become a problem if physical therapy, blood flow stimulation therapy are not done. The Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device is a home based stretch maching that can augment the stretching regimen that done at your physical therapists office - just be sure to talk with your therapist about the Knee-Flex® to make sure it is the right treatment for your situation.
Not only can the Knee Freezie Wrap® reduce the pain and inflammation in your knee, but incorporating the Knee Inferno Wrap® will help increase the range of motion in your joint, accleerate the healing of soft tissue and reduce post operative scar tissue.
Talk with your physician about our Freezie Wrap®, BFST® and Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device products to see if they should be a part your osteoarthritis treatment regimen. As with all medical devices, make sure your physician is aware of any treatment plan you decide to take.
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To prevent further deterioration in your knee joint, it is recommended that you gradually increase the intensity of any exercise or activity when you begin and to be aware of the movement of the knee during activity.
A knee that is supported by strong leg muscles is less prone to injury and deterioration because there is less load on the knee. If your knee is unstable or weak, wearing a brace during exercise and activity can reduce the pressure on your knee joint and reduce your pain and inflammation.
Some Facts About Knees:
Approximately 19.4 million visits to physicians' offices in the US per year are due to knee problems.
The knee is a complex joint with many components, making it vulnerable to a variety of injuries.
Oral medications can mask the pain but do not aid in the healing of knee injuries.
Most knee injuries can be successfully treated without surgery.
Sadly, regardless of treatment, ACL injuries in high-school youths are associated with a 10-fold increased risk for degenerative knee arthritis later in life.
MendmyKnee (a division of MendMeShop) is an FDA registered company. This means our products are of very high quality, made from biocompatible materials.
Every year, at least 1 in 3000 Americans between ages 14 and 55 tear an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
Our products are currently in use by NFL players, PGA tour golfers, senators, kings (yes, royalty), elite marathon runners, martial arts academies, hollywood actors and actresses, professional trainers, european football players, rugby players and people all over the world with soft tissue injuries just like you.