Dear MendMeShop,

After much research on-line for a company and products to solve my severe planter fasciitis issue in both feet, I purchased several products from MendMeShop. Today, eight weeks later, my planter fasciitis is gone!! Customer Service followed up a few weeks after the purchase to address any issues I might be having. They really care about their customers and resolving there health issues. There product information is first rate and informative. Most importantly, their products worked!! When's the last time you bought something on line and you can say it was worth every penny you paid for it? I walk everywhere with no pain. I have shoe inserts for added support and I use the Inferno Wrap device now only on occasion to insure I remain pain free!! Thanks to the outstanding folks at MendMeShop for their excellent products, service and care you exhibit for your customers!!

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Mike Rademacher

 

Surgical Osteoarthritis Treatments for the Knee

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 risks with surgery.

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!

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Most of these surgeries will require rehabilitation utilizing the conservative treatments noted earlier. Ultrasound (except in instances where metal parts have been implanted in your knee) and other therapies can sometimes begin soon after surgery with permission from your doctor. 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.

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Arthroscopic Surgery:

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 an 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 to 12 weeks after surgery. These surgeries do not cure osteoarthritis of the knee, however they will permit you to maintain and participate in an active lifestyle.

Tibial Osteotomy

A Tibial Osteotomy surgery involves:
Tibial Osteotomy surgery
  • 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).

Partical knee replacement

Knee Replacement Surgery:

There are 2 types of knee replacement surgeries:

  • 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.
Complete knee replacement

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, ultrasound therapy is not a treatment option because of the metal implants.

Knee Fusion:

Knee fusion

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 fusion, ultrasound therapy is not a treatment option because of the metal implants.

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.

BFST™ - Using Your Body's Natural Healing System

Inferno Wrap providing superior blood flow stimulation.

Your body can heal itself! In fact, your body starts healing itself the moment you are injured and it's the blood in your body that makes it all happen. Your blood is the transport mechanism for everything that is good inside you. It carries oxygen, nutrients, water and antibodies. Proper blood flow is essential to healing. Unfortunately, when you injure your body you stop moving and the swelling sets in. That means your vital blood flow can be reduced to a trickle! If you want to heal quickly, you need to keep your blood moving and that's where Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™, or BFST™, comes in.

Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ promotes the flow of blood through the injured area without the need to exercise your already damaged tissue. You can really feel it work. Within moments of applying an Inferno Wrap™ you can feel the healing sensation and the increase in blood flow. During a treatment, and for quite some time after you finish, your injured area will experience increased blood flow even though your body is at rest. It's a soothing sensation and extremely effective. With BFST™ your injury is constantly being fed with healing, nutritious, oxygen and energy filled blood. This is exactly what your body needs to heal.


How An Inferno Wrap™ Works

Inferno Wrap and how it works.

Inferno Wraps™ have been specifically designed for the treatment of deep, soft tissue injury. Inferno Wraps contain a patented Energy Web™ which is flexible and shaped to conform to your body. This Energy Web™ emits a uniform wave of perfectly safe electro-magnetic energy over its entire surface. This energy travels deep inside your body and stimulates the blood flow needed to heal your injury.

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Our Cold Compression Wraps are recommended by countless medical professionals. That's why we sell them, because they are the best. We have noticed over time that our customers are so fond of our cold wraps that they are frequently coming back and ordering a second one. The wraps are becoming very popular with baseball and soccer trainers, and the wraps can be conveniently stored in a cooler for quick application on the field when needed.

xyliss ultrasound

Ultrasound therapy is also a helpful tool for pain prevention of knee injuires, and having a portable ultrasound device at home can be a powerful and convenient treatment tool. If you have symptoms or are recovering from a knee related injury, using ultrasound on a regular basis before your activity or throughout the day will help relax your muscles, tendons and tissues, diminish pain and inflammation, soften scar tissue and contribute greatly to the healing of your injury.

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If you suffer from mild inflammation or pain after certain activities or movements use ultrasound therapy when you complete the activity and then rest and elevate your area of injury. Limit the application of ultrasound to a couple of treatments per day (the manual will recommend treatment frequency depending upon the injury). In between ultrasound treatments, maximize your pain relief and injury recovery by using an Inferno™ Personal Therapy System. Proven Performance, Proven Relief - only found at MendMeShop.com. If you have been given a treatment plan by your health professional, make sure you adhere to it to ensure pain free living. In general, people who are committed to their therapies and exercises will have the best medical outcomes.

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Dear MendMeShop,

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. Gratefully yours, Peggy

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Peggy Peppers

 

pain relief and injury treatment with ultrasound therapy

Inferno Wrap Knee for meniscus injury acl injury mcl injury or hyperextended knee

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Relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis with a cold compress

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

Advanced Therapy for torn achilles, ruptured achilles, sprained ankle or other ankle injury

Ankle sprain treatment and pulled achilles treatment without surgery

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