Dear MendMeShop,

The first time I used the shoulder inferno wrap and the freezie wrap was to treat a rotator cuff injury I sustained from over use and aging. I was in my early 60's and an avid tennis player,kayaker, skier, hiker and biker for most of my life. Doctors were recommending surgery but I opted for physical therapy. This helped but did not give me the relief I needed to continue with all of my athletic activities. Then I started using your product. After activities where I used my shoulder, even weight training, I used the freezie wrap followed by the inferno wrap. Then I used the inferno wrap periodically throughout the day while at work. I'm a therapist and my clients were OK with me wearing the wrap during sessions if I felt the need to. I experienced the ability to use my shoulder and be completely pain free. I was thrilled. Then at age 65 I began to have achilles tendon inflammation which became extremely painful. Doctors explained to me that as we age tendons lose flexibility and are more prone to injury. I bought that explanation to a point but again tried physical therapy, prolonged stretching, Ibuprofen and rest. I had relief if I used large regular doses of anti-inflamatory medications but was concerned about the long term negative affects of the meds. I purchased the Ankle inferno and freezie wrap and began the same routine I had used with my rotator cuff injury. I'm happy to say the results were the same. Even this aging body was able to repair and stretch my achilles tendon with exercise, and the cold and warm treatments from your products. Now I am still playing tennis and doing all of my other activities and I remain pain free. After athletics I use the freezie wrap followed by the inferno wrap. Also, before I play racket sports or hike I use the inferno wrap on my ankle and follow with gentle stretching. When I get home I use the freezie wrap. Who knows how long I will be able to continue my active life style. But right now I know that these products are enabling me to be an active, vibrant, aging woman who can (almost) keep up with my kids. I should add that I also maintain a healthy weight, train with weights, exercise every day and eat a plant based diet with lean protein. Even my healthy lifestyle wasn't enough to prevent these nagging injuries that become more prevalent as we age. So....thanks for making a great product ...... and my life more manageable.

Rating: Five Star Rating

Pat Decoste

 

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 really like the “Inferno Wrap”! It feels real nice on my plantar fascia and heal spurs.

Rating: Five Star Rating

Joan Marsh

 

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

Contact one of our Mendmeshop Customer Service Advisors for any questions help with ordering and recommended treatment directions