Dear MendMeShop,

I'm treating a recent ankle sprain. The injury occurred while playing volleyball. RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) alone or in the past did not seem to really help. I've tried other herbal remedies that didn't appear to help or still took a long time to recover. I did an internet search for a quicker recovery process. I can tell immediately after each use that there is definitely less pain to the touch. And I always felt heat therapy worked better for me. Now I know why, because it promotes circulation and healing. That's why I also purchased the Inferno Ankle Wrap. At first I did not feel it was providing enough heat. However, my foot was always sweating after each use! With other solutions the temperature was never constant and sometimes I would burn my foot. I knew from my past ankle sprain on my other leg that it took forever to heal. Even 2 years later, I still felt it move. This time I wanted to make sure it did not happen again. I'm doing surprisingly well with my ankle so far. I played volleyball the following week and back to usual routine the week after, snowboarding one day and volleyball the next. Even though I'm not 100% yet after 3 weeks, I feel the Inferno Ankle Wrap has greatly attributed to my quick recovery! I would definitely recommend it and the customer service has been truly exceptional! Thank you!

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Ching Vue

 

Treatments for a Quadriceps Strain

Early diagnosis and proper treatment are important to prevent a quadriceps strain from becoming chronic; it doesn't take much to change a grade 1 strain into a grade 2 strain. Injuries to the muscle belly are best managed with adherence to the conservative treatment methods, which includes modifying and/or eliminating the activities that cause tenderness or discomfort in your quadriceps area, and performing gentle strengthening and stretching once initial inflammation has gone down. Scar tissue can often develop with pulled quadriceps, where your soft tissue has pulled away from the bone. As your damaged quadriceps tissues heal this dead, fibrotic tissue will be produced instead of forming brand new healthy tissue.

Scar tissue formation

This tissue adheres to your muscle fibers, tendons, ligaments, fascia, nerves, and joints causing pain and preventing them from moving properly (this limits your range of motion, flexibility and strength). Patience is required with a quadriceps strain, as it can take time to revert to your normal state. Quadriceps injuries often heal on their own but without proper rehab, they may not heal properly.

Returning to your activities too early can lead to chronic pain, which becomes much more difficult to treat afterwards. Allowing your injuries to heal properly is critical. Impatience in healing is one of the main causes that change a minor quadriceps injury into a chronic quadriceps injury.

Treatment methods and recovery time is really based on the severity of your strain, whether you have an acute or chronic strain, the type of treatment you receive, as well as your commitment to proper rehabilitation. Torn ligaments and tendons require as much time as a fracture.

Grade 1 quadriceps strains tend to take between a 1 - 3 weeks, and respond best to conservative home treatments, and stretching/strengthening exercises.

Grade 2 quadriceps strains tend take between 3 - 8 weeks, and responds best to conservative home treatments such as cold compression, , or BFST® and possible support aids, therapies and medications, along with a focused exercise program.

Grade 3 quadriceps strains tend to take between 2- 6 months (depending on if you require surgery), and often involve immediate medical attention, supportive aids, therapies, medication and possibly surgery, along with a regimented exercise program.

A good reference point for healing is once you've regained approximately 90% of your pre-injury strength, have 120 degrees of flexion, little quadriceps weakness, and you are pain free, you can return to your normal activities.

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Serious athletes may undergo isokinetic strength testing following a muscle injury and during rehabilitation to help set up a customized exercise program. This is an indicator of recovery that tests range of knee movement; concentric, eccentric and isometric strength testing; endurance testing; quadricep: hamstring ratio (ideally 100:75); and will identify areas of weakness areas.

RCCE: - This philosophy is used to decrease inflammation and relieve pain for a chronic or diagnosed pulled quadricep within the first 48 hours of a flare-up:

Rest your quadriceps and leg and limit your activity; you may want to use a walking aid (cane or crutches) to prevent immediate weight bearing or a knee immobilizer (brace or cast) to prevent unnecessary movement, if severely damaged or painful.

Treat your quadriceps with Cold 2-3 times/day for approximately 15 - 20 minutes at a time to help reduce blood flow and fluid build up in your quadriceps. Gel packs are a better option than frozen peas if possible, as they mold to your body.

Compress your quadriceps if possible by adding light pressure to minimize swelling (make sure the compress is snug, but not too tight as it could cause numbness, tingling or more pain).

Re-freezable cold therapy compresses are excellent because they provide ice therapy, compression and a protective covering to prevent skin burn from the cold. This combination drives the cold deeper into the injured tissue than regular ice packs, and speeds the healing process. These compresses are fitted to your foot, easy to use, mess-free and re-usable.

Elevate to relieve pressure

Elevate your legs above chest level to relieve the pressure and allow any fluid to drain from your injured area.

If you have experienced an acute quadriceps injury and/or have not been diagnosed, adhere to the RCCE philosophy within the first 48 - 72 hours. Gentle massage around the quadricep area or small flexing or extending movements will also help increase blood flow, oxygen, nutrients, and will prevent scar tissue development.

Dear MendMeShop,

I'm a believer in your products. My wife had plantar fasciitis a few years ago. I did some research and came across your website. What impressed me the most and encouraged me to purchase was the response I read from your founder to a naysayer whom had never even tried your wraps. This guy was bashing your products when all others were praising them. Your owner invited him to Canada with airfare included to tour the headquarters! Anyway, I figured it was the real deal and so did he after that! My wife's brother is a chiropractor she literally healed her foot with the use of your inferno wrap and another treatment in a couple of weeks! I personally have Golfers elbow in both arms. I've been using the Inferno wrap for about 5 days so far. I haven't used the Freezie wrap yet as I really haven't much pain and no swelling. I definitely feel that it's working already. I'm confident that within a couple of weeks or more I'll be good as new! Thanks again for being part of such a wonderful company that stands behind its product! Sincerely, Jim Rossi

Rating: Five Star Rating

Jim Rossi

 

This universal leg wrap can increase healing rate of a shin, calf, groin, thigh, or hamstring

Freezie Leg wrap for cold compression of the shin, calf, groin, thigh, or hamstring

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

Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy with an Inferno Back wrap for the ultimate in sore back healing

Freeze Wrap Back - reduce back pain and swelling in sore, strained or overused muscles, especially in the lower back and trapezius muscles

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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