Knee Stretching and Exercise:
The Final Steps in Knee Rehabilitative Therapy
Stretching & Exercise = The Best Way to Deal with Scar Tissue
Even when you're injured and in pain you need to keep moving to break-up scar tissue that's forming in your tendons and ligaments in you knee. Regular movement can increase healthy range of motion (ROM) of your knee, guaranteeing you a speedier recovery process and return to regular activities. Moving when you're injured is hard. Since moving while injured can be painful most people think it's better to stop moving, rest their knee and hope that their knee injury will heal all on its' own. Even though rest is important to recovery, too much rest during the recovery process will increase the amount of scar tissue in you knee.
During the healing process your body will fill in tears in your tendons and ligaments with dense, brittle tissue called "scar tissue". The human body will use scar tissue as a temporary solution and will try to build the scar tissue as fast as possible to heal a tears in the soft tissue. Scar tissue can form fast to bring together the edges of a 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) tendon/ligament 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 will 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.
This is how scar tissue works. The scar tissue that forms in your knee soft tissue will be unorganized and won't line up properly with the healthy tissue surrounding the tear. This scar tissue will also attach to everything in and around your knee injury including the surrounding healthy tissue as well. This can result in a long-term fusing together of your tendon that stiffens your knee reducing your mobility and making your injury even more painful!
This is why scar tissue is weak and only a temporary solution to heal your knee injury. Scar tissue is something that needs to be dealt with fast. If you try to get back into your regular daily activities with a mound of scar tissue on your tendons and liagments you will have a higher risk of re-injury. Scar tissue is just not built to withstand the pressures of regular activity.
If you have an knee injury with a lot of scar tissue and re-injure that tissue, even more scar tissue will grow to fill in those tears. If you keep falling into the dangerous cycle of re-injuring your knee without proper treatment you could end up with massive amounts of scar tissue. Your ability to move your knee in a normal way will be impaired as the amount of scar tissue increases in and around your knee.
Knee Joint Atrophy in the knee is arguably a bigger issue than scar tissue. Whether you have a knee injury or have recently had a knee operation, you will find that the joint has a more limited range of motion than you had before. In most cases, this is due to atrophy - the shortening of connective tissue in the knee due to inactivity. In cases where atrophy exists, it is very important to stretch and do gentle exercise to nip this problem in the bud before it becomes a chronic (long-lasting) issue. If you are currently recovering from a knee injury speak with your physician about stretches and exercise. The ebooks (pdf format) shown below are $4 each.
The Passive Knee Stretch Device:
This Device is Currently Used in Hundreds of Physical Therapy Clinics and Hospitals in Canada - This Same Device is Now Currently Available for Use at Home
This seemingly simple device has assisted in the recovery of thousands of patients that have suffered many various injuries. Once a patient is on the path to healing, this device assists the patient in making a fast and full recovery.
The Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device assists in complete and full recovery for:
- Patients recovering from surgery (ie. knee replacement, lathroscopic knee and hip surgery, hip replacement).
- Patients recovering from a serious knee ligament injury
- Patients recovering from a serious Hip Injury such as Illiotibial Band Syndrome or Acetabular Labral Tear
- Patients recovering from Hamstring Pulls, Hamstring Strain, Calf Pulls, Calf Strains
- Patients recovering from knee or hip dislocations
Before making the transition to crutches, physical therapists prescribe gentle stretching of an injured knee or hip, and if no device is available, they usually prescribe heel slides. They don't prescribe this to annoy you - it is in fact the most important part of knee injury recovery. You probably know of someone that chose not to do these stretches as it is common - and they paid a high price for it. By not listening to the therapist (ie. not stretching), there is a huge chance of re-injuring your knee or even sustaining an injury greater than the original injury ever was.
The Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device was created because the heel was not sliding smoothly enough, causing reinjury and additional pain. Physical Therapists encounter the same issues every day when attempting to work with patients who are undergoing therapy from a serious knee or hip injury. This is why most therapists in Canada instantly purchased these same devices for their own clinics. For patients recovering from serious pain, it allows a more controlled and comfortable method to stretch and strengthen the muscles and ligaments in both the hip and knee joint. The sliding mechanism is extremely smooth and durable, as well as linear - something that becomes very important in such cases.
Using the Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device not only helps minimize the growth of scar tissue, but it also increases the elasticity and strength of the joint. After using the Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device over time, your knee joint will be better prepared to handle higher and higher loads. Eventually you will reach a stage where your knee joint can handle crutches or standing for longer and longer period of time. This is the final stage of recovery and depending on age, the nature of the injury, your weight and many other factors, it can take the longest time to complete. But remember, for knee injuries, it pays to be patient! Rushing your knee injury recovery almost never pays.
When combined with Freezie Wrap® therapy and Inferno Wrap® therapy, the Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device allows you to comprehensively treat meniscus injuries, knee ligament injuries and knee strain with the most effective home treatments that are available.
The Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device is an FDA Registered Medical Device and is suitable for repetitive, industrial usage in hospitals and therapeutic clinics. This device is deemed safe to use without medical assistance and as such is also available for use at home. This device is manufactured with a durable, easy glide track and is constructed almost completely from Canadian hardwoods.
If you aren't a professional athlete but you have a soft tissue knee injury (just like the injuries they get all the time), shouldn't you be getting the best treatment too? Of course you should - and you can. Pro Athletes have unlimited and timely access to Trainers and Physical Therapists that are actively working to get them healed as fast as possible. In almost all cases, Trainers and Therapists will have the patient undergo a treatment regimen that involves using a joint stretch device very similar to the Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device.
Knee Flex Usage - Key Points to Keep in Mind
The Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device will become an invaluable tool in your knee/hip recovery therapy. When used correctly, this device can strengthen and stretch four different muscle groups as well as stimulate blood flow in the joint for added recovery speed. Once you have spoken with your physician or physical therapist and determined that they approve of heel slide exercises, only then should you begin using the Knee-Flex® device. Once using it, here are a few things to consider:
- On the first session, loop a belt or bathrobe loop around your foot to assist your efforts. Once you find this is not needed then stop using the loop.
- Do not fret if you cannot flex your knee. Do what flexion you can and this machine should assist in increasing your range of motion over the long run.
- Set up the machine in a stable area free from obstruction. Most of our users find a pillow is very helpful as well for sitting/lying on.
- Always use the machine slowly and in a controlled manner. Quick, jerky movements are not helpful and will only cause added problems.
- When placing your heel on and off the machine, use your arms to lift it. This will keep the stress off your injured joints.
- Always follow the manual.
When used properly, the Knee-Flex® has a proven track record of assisting in the speedy recovery of many patients. As I have said on the home page, I have spent a long time searching for this treatment option. This is without doubt, the third and final essential tool for complete meniscus recovery. Once a patient deals with the swelling and inflammation through use of the Freezie Wrap® then begins the BFST® process through the use of the Inferno Wrap® it is time to take the third and final step to recovery by beginning a rehabilitation stretching regimen. The safest and most effective way we know to stretch the knee is through use of the Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device
For more information on the Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device, Freezie Wraps®, Inferno Wraps® or inquiries about your specific condition, call our MendMyKnee Customer Service Team. MendMyKnee customer service agents are highly trained individuals and will help find the treatment that's right for YOU. Why wait? Call today and get on the road to recovery faster than ever before!