Dear MendMeShop,

I just wanted to let you know how happy I have been with my wrist wrap. I broke my leg, the tibia and fibula January 10, 2013. I had a lot of soft tissue damage to my foot since I fell off a pier and landed on gravel with my foot. My tendons are so tight and at night they wake me up a lot, had a metatarsal lump on the bottom of my foot which gave me issues. I was going to order the foot pad but the lady advised me to get the wrist wrap since the top of my foot was involved and she said I could probably wrap it around different places and she was so right. I am much better. I have been using it about a month now and I can tell you that I am much better. The energy from the wrap helps my tendons to stretch out and although I am not 100%, I have gone from 50% to 75% in this one month. I only wish I had found you earlier in my ordeal and I would probably be 100% by now. I would recommend your product to anyone who is having tendon issues after an injury. Thank you so much

Rating: Five Star Rating

B Beard

 

Dear MendMeShop,

I fell down on ice last March, hit my left shoulder on the ground pretty hard and stirred up an old injury that hadn't bothered me for twenty years. I was in a great deal of pain and tried everything I could think of that might help. I only found temporary relief from the pain. It wasn't until I began using your Shoulder Inferno Wrap that I truly began to heal and the pain slowly began to subside. After several months, I still use the Wrap daily to maintain the healing and progress I've made. I then also sought the advice of a physical therapist because in addition to the pain I used to have before using the Wrap, I was still dealing with stiffness and a very limited range of motion. After examining me, the therapist said I didn't have rotator cuff issues just muscle issues, a thing called "frozen shoulder". For seven weeks now I have received help from a massage therapist and am slowly improving the range of motion. I chose to work with her because her sessions include massage and stretching. A session leaves my shoulder feeling slightly sore. I use the Inferno Wrap afterwards and the heat I feel as it works relieves the soreness. I am sure using the Wrap also helps the muscles "remember" longer the right way they are supposed to feel and function. Combining the Wrap with massage therapy has been a winning combo for me! Do I dare confess...I love the Wrap so much that I will definitely buy another one. The Back Wrap will be my next purchase from you. I mean this whole-heartedly - thank you for the Wrap! I am also pleased with your customer service. Dealing with you was a pleasure. You really do care about your customers! I am delighted and impressed with your product and your people. __________________

Rating: Five Star Rating

Deborah Barnsdale

 

Dear MendMeShop,

I had Plantar Fasciitis for 6 months and had been to a podiatrist and orthopedic surgeon. All the calf stretching, night socks, and even the expensive orthopedic inserts in my shoes had not helped at all. The customer service team at the Mend Me Shop have given me far more specifics as to how I should stretch and what is going on with my foot than either doctor did. They also did not push all their products, but just the one that they felt would help my situation the most. I just finished the first three weeks of treatment and I feel about 90% healed. There is no pain when I first get up in the morning, nor when I wear my shoes with orthodics. I could not recommend Mend Me Shop or their products more highly.

Rating: Five Star Rating

Marion Wade

 

Trigger Finger / Trigger Thumb
(Stenosing Tenosynovitis)

Trigger finger or trigger thumb is an often painful condition in which a finger or thumb sticks in the flexed position. This catching occurs at the base of the finger/thumb when the flexor tendon becomes inflamed and swollen and can not move through the guiding pulley smoothly. Trigger finger occurs most often in the dominent hand and is more noticable in the morning when the finger has stiffed overnight. It is called "trigger" because the finger/thumb snaps out of the bent position similar to a trigger being released.

Trigger Finger, Trigger Thumb, Stenosing Tenosynovitis

Flexor tendons of the wrist and hand run through the inner wrist and along the palm of the hand connecting the flexor muscles in the forearm to the finger bones. The muscles pull on the tendons which cause the fingers to bend, or flex. The flexor tendons run through a series of pulleys that form tunnels along the fingers and thumb. They work similar to a line guided along a fishing rod, with the pulleys holding the tendons close to the finger bones. These tendons are made up of tissue called collagen and elastin, making them both tough and flexible.

Flexor tendons run through tendon shealths to allow for easier movement. Between each tendon and shealth lies a synovium, or synovial membrane, which lubricates the tendon allowing for smooth gliding through the sheath. When the tendons become irritated and inflamed, their ability to glide within these compartments is restricted. This causes wrist and hand pain during movement and tenderness when direct pressure is applied. When the flexor tendons are inflamed it is referred to as flexor tendinitis, also spelled tendonitis.

Tendinitis usually begins with tiny tears in the tendon fibers which can tear apart in much the same way a rope becomes frayed. Once a tendon becomes frayed, an inflammatory response is triggered; over time an inflamed tendon can become thick, bumpy and irregular making it more difficult to glide during hand movements. This can cause the finger or thumb to catch or stick when the finger is flexed making it difficult to straighten or bend.

As flexor tendinitis worsens, a bump (nodule) may also form on the tendon. This nodule can become too large to easily move through the pulley that holds the tendon to the bone. When you flex your finger, the tendon tries to move through the pulley but the nodule catches at the front of the joint causing the finger to stick at the base of the finger. When the tendon catches, more inflammation and swelling occurs creating a cycle of tendon damage and locking finger movements. Unfortunately, with tendinitis and recurring damage scar tissue builds on the tendon or in the sheath. This tissue is tough and fibrous and can join the tendon to the inside of the sheath, causing pain and limiting movement. Scar tissue build up also thickens the tendon and sheath causing difficulties as it tries to move through the pulley.

Causes of Trigger Finger

If tendons are stressed enough from excessive or unconditioned use, the sheath lining can become inflamed and movements may be painful as the tendons glide through the inflamed sheath.

Activities with frequent finger movement, such as typing and sewing, can also cause overuse of the tendons resulting in finger pain.

Some people are predisposed to flexor tendinitis if their body has a tendency to collect fluid around the tendons and joints. This can occur with conditions such as rheumatoid arhtritis, diabetes, and gout.

Trigger Finger Symptoms

If you are suffering from tendinitis in the flexor tendons you may experience one or all of the following symptoms:

  • Initially you may experience soreness at the base of the thumb or finger
  • A popping or clicking feeling when you move the affected thumb or finger
  • Stiffness and loss of flexibility in the finger, particularly in the morning
  • Locking of the finger when bent that suddenly pops out straight or cannot be straightened
  • Swelling and tenderness where the tendon inserts at the finger
  • The middle knuckle may catch as well since the flexor tendon also controls the joint
  • Pain when bending your finger against resistance

To treat trigger finger, the goal is to reduce swelling and scar tissue on the affected flexor tendon and its sheath to stop the tendon from catching. Cold compression therapy and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy treatments are the most effective non-surgical method to treat the pain, swelling, inflammation, and scar tissue build up caused by trigger finger.

If non-invasive methods are ineffective at relieving symptoms, surgery may be required. Trigger finger surgery entails cutting the pulley at the base of the finger and the shealth to allow the tendon to glide easily again. At present the results of finger tendon surgery are far from ideal, as excess scar tissue (adhesions)can form between the sheath and the tendon, restricting mobility and leading to a loss of function. If surgery is required, including ultrasound therapy as part of your rehabilitation program will vastly improve the range of motion in your finger or thumb.

Treating Your Wrist Tendon

Scar tissue builds on the tendon as the tears heal. The build up causes pain and inflexibility in the tendon making it less flexible and more prone to further injury.

The trick with any tendon injury is getting it to heal with minimal scar tissue formation and with as much realignment of the tendon fibres as possible. Even with optimum healing, there is always less elasticity in a previously injured tendon. This will cause the tendon to hurt, during everyday activities. If you heal your injury efficiently and quickly, your chance of re-injury later on is much lower than average.

Allowing your tendon to rest is always recommended following injury. Try to avoid grasping, wringing, twisting and pinching or any other activities that may have caused the injury or irritation and begin cold compression treatments as soon as possible. The tendons in the thumbs and fingers are difficult to rest completely as they are essential for daily chores and activities.

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Fortunately, there are healing tools that can help treat your tendons and speed up the healing process so you can get back to a life without pain and risk of further injury. Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST®) promotes blood flow to heal your tendon faster and more completely which means less scar tissue formation and greater elasticity in the tissue.

Although steroid injections may provide temporary relief from the pain of tendinitis and tenosynovitis, multiple injections should be avoided as they weaken the tendon and may lead to a rupture.

Freezie Wrap® Cold Compression Therapy
The Wrist Freezie Wrap treats pain, swelling and inflammation caused by tendinitis and tenosynovitis while reducing tissue damage.

Doctors recommend using cold compression as soon as possible following an acute tendon injury and re-injury to reduce pain and swelling and minimize tissue damage.

The Wrist Freezie Wrap® allows you to treat your tendon in an effective and convenient way. The wrap is versatile with Velcro attachments so you can wrap it around your hand, wrist or forearm where you need it. It's adjustable which allows you to control the compression to your comfort level.

Designed with ColdCure Technology®, the gel packs are chilled in the fridge not the freezer. This eliminates the risk of cryoburn, or 'cold burns', on your skin that can be cause by ice and strandard freezer gel packs. You can also wear the Freezie Wrap® for longer treatments so you can enjoy even more relief from your wrist or thumb pain!

Cold Compression Therapy works by interrupting and slowing nerve and cell function in the injured area and reducing swelling that can block blood vessels. This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood to the tendon and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells do not get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage done to your tendon, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal your tendon faster and with less pain!

The deep cooling effect provided by the Wrist Freezie Wrap® gives you the fast, effective relief your sore tendon has been looking for!

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Inferno Wrap® Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy
The Wrist Inferno Wrap speeds the healing of tendon tissue and the surrounding area.

After the inflammation and swelling is gone you can begin to treat your tendon with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST®). BFST® increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your wrist to nourish your tendons and ligaments to speed healing.

Tendons receive a limited blood supply by nature and this significantly reduces the ability to heal.

By treating your tendon with BFST® you can increase your body's blood supply to the wrist and increase your body's natural healing power. In addition, the fresh blood flow whisks away dead cells and toxins that have built up from the injury leaving the area clean and able to heal faster. Our Wrist Inferno Wrap® provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief and healing with no side effects.

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With these easy-to-use, home therapies you will notice incredible improvement in the health and flexibility and reduced daily pain in your wrist. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results!

Please be aware that this information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider before starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Dear MendMeShop,

Thank you to Paul and to Darren for your follow-up emails after my product purchase of 3-11-13. I followed your suggestion of trying the products for 60 days. I am happy to advise you that I am now able to walk normally again without any pain. I still use the night splint but now only use the freezie or inferno wraps if my foot feels tired or sore.

Rating: Five Star Rating

Pam Smith

 

Dear MendMeShop,

I love this wrap (Shoulder Inferno) and it's helping already. This is the one thing that makes the rotator cuff pain manageable! I'm grateful and I stand by this 100%!

Rating: Five Star Rating

Laurie K

 

Advanced relief from sprained wrist and carpal tunnel syndrome injuries

Freezie Wrap Wrist - efficient relief of swelling and pain from a wrist injury or carpal tunnel syndrome

Inferno Wrap Elbow for tennis elbow, epicondylitis, elbow strains and elbow sprain

Freezie Wrap Elbow for tennis elbow, epicondylitis, and elbow sprain to prevent surgery

An effective treatment

Relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis with a cold compress

Inferno Wrap Shoulder - an advanced treatment for shoulder injury and rotator cuff injury

Freezie Wrap Shoulder - efficient relief of swelling and pain from an active sprain, shoulder strain, whiplash, or tight upper back muscles

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