Rotator Cuff Injury – Treatment Options

Do you play sports or have a job that requires you to participate in regular physical activity? While these types of actions may help you to stay in better shape, they also put you at risk for physical injury if you make a movement that your body is not ready for. If you think that you have injured yourself in your upper back or shoulder region, and it is interfering with the way your enjoy your hobbies or the way that you perform your job, you should know that you may have a rotator cuff injury that needs to be dealt with by a professional.

If you’ve never injured your rotator cuff before, you might not know whether or not you truly have this injury or not. There are several symptoms that indicate that you might be looking at a rotator cuff injury, including intense pain in your shoulder. The rotator cuff is an area of muscles and tendons that help to connect your upper arm to your shoulder blade. If you’ve ever reached up to get something off of a high shelf or beaten your previous record in the back stroke, you have your rotator cuff to thank for that.

What most people don’t know about rotator cuff injuries is that they are usually able to be healed on their own. Because the cuff is only muscle and tendon, you can’t really put in a cast or prescribe medicine that will heal it like a broken bone or an ankle sprain. If you feel a searing pain when you attempt to lift your arm over your head, you should definitely let a doctor examine your muscle tissue and provide you with a sling to stabilize the area while the body attempts to heal itself. This might be painful, and will take a lot of patience.

If you are experiencing an unusual pain in your shoulder blade, your doctor will probably prescribe heat and ice treatments so that you can sleep and go about your day. If you are experiencing a throbbing pain, you can use ice or cold packs to numb the pain. If the pain is dull and aching, the heat will help it to melt away and loosen up the injured muscle. No matter what the causes or the symptoms are be sure that you request a doctor to look at the injury. In some cases surgery or more intensive rotator cuff treatments are required, and you don’t want to avoid them.

Swelling – Causes and Treatment

Having just had back surgery, it made me think of what goes on inside the body that causes the swelling and most importantly how to get rid of the pain. Since I work in the hot and cold therapy product field, I knew exactly the best way to treat it. I am often asked when should you use ice or heat and how do you know if the swelling is normal or bad. If you’ve ever had an injury or a surgery, chances are you have experienced the swelling that is caused by lymphatic fluid rushing to the injury site. Lymphatic fluid is the clear fluid that accumulates inside a blister. It is used to provide nutrition to the cells of the body and to remove waste. When cells become damaged, fluid rushes to the injury site and sweeps away any bacteria that may have accumulated. It is then whisked off to the lymph nodes where it can be filtered off and excreted from the body. If only it would take the pain with it.

Swelling is a normal part of the healing process whether it is from surgery or a hard bump. The immediate swelling is typically blood that is accumulating from broken blood vessels caused by the trauma. Over time, if the injury is minor, the blood will be swept away by the lymphatic system, and the swelling will subside. It is often confusing trying to decide whether you should apply a hot compress or an ice pack or whether you should alternate the two. If you do alternate, there is always the question of how long each should be applied before switching. After my surgery, I treated it with ice to help reduce the swelling and to numb some of the pain. As time went on, I began alternating it with heat to relax the muscles that were damaged during surgery and reduce the muscle spasms. For both heat and ice you should remove the pack after about 10 to 15 minutes, and allow the skin to return to a normal temperature before icing or heating it again. Any longer and you can cause skin burns and nerve damage.

Swelling can also sometimes signify infection or the presence of an irritating substance beneath the skin. This type of swelling is caused by a concentration of lymphatic fluid at the infection site. A fever along with pus and redness around the injured area with this type of swelling is a good indication you have an infection and should contact your doctor. Applying heat to the infected area can help relieve the pain and reduce the swelling. Just as the cold of ice causes blood vessels to constrict and reduce blood flow, heat causes them to expand, so that more blood cells can pass through and speed the healing.

Another great thing about ice and heat therapy is that it has helped me reduce the amount of pain meds my doctor prescribed, therefore reducing the chances of me becoming addicted to them. Just another great benefit of hot and cold therapy.

Can You Prevent Hair-loss from Chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy drugs are specially designed medications that are programmed to attack cancer cells. Cancer cells grow rapidly which means that the drugs will also, unfortunately, attack other rapidly growing cells throughout the body– including your hair follicles. Because of this chemo can cause loss of hair and not just the hair on your head, but anywhere on your body. Cancer patients have reported the loss of eyelashes, eyebrows, pubic hair, armpit hair and other body hair. Different chemotherapy drugs and differing levels of dose can affect hair loss as well. For many cancer patients the loss of hair simply adds insult to injury. One new method for preventing hair loss is called cold therapy.

Hair loss prevention for chemotherapy patients did not used to be an option. It was an accepted fact that the powerful chemo drugs simply took your hair. Recently it was hypothesized that if you could restrict or slow the blood flow to the scalp while the chemotherapy drugs were in the system it would provide a tool for hair loss prevention. Restricting the blood flow through compression or other methods was deemed not practical, but the specific application of cold to slow the blood flow was tried to some initial success.

A cold therapy cap is placed on the head up to 15 minutes before the start of chemotherapy to begin the process of slowing down and restricting circulation. The cold cap is kept on throughout the therapy and for up to 1-2 hours after your chemo session has ended. Some people find the cold caps too uncomfortable and cannot tolerate wearing them for the time needed to achieve full efficacy. For the majority of people however, they can tolerate the cold in a bid to save their hair. This method is producing fairly good results with hair loss prevention and at least supplies an option to the old sense of inevitable hair loss.

Cold therapy might be just the right thing for preventing hair loss due to chemotherapy. No longer does it have to be an automatic that you lose your hair when you undergo chemo treatments. Of course, like any medical treatment, this process is not 100% effective, and results will vary depending on what chemo drugs cocktail will be used. In addition, depending on what type of cancer you have restricting the drugs from your scalp may not be a good idea. The best bet is to talk everything out with your doctor to decide what is best in your case.

Kits Full of Ice

Every sports team has that one player. Everyone knows him. That one player who is great and so the coach keeps putting him in, but his body seems to be made of glass. He is so accident prone that he spends half the game on the sidelines sitting in a tub of ice water.

Now we have something that trainers can be very happy with, the Trainer’s Kit of Ice Wraps by ColdOne. This kit has 8 reusable pieces including wraps for hand, elbow, shoulder, knee back and anything else a person could think of. Hopefully, no athlete would need to use every one of these wraps. However now there is something for everyone on the team and for those players who end up with multiple injuries.

This kit is very useful and will be, again and again. Now there is now need to worry about running out of items for the trainers to use on their athletes. This kit carries some of our best product and easily pays for itself. No need to share ice packs any more coach!

Awful Looking, Awful Feeling, Ankle Swelling

So, there is this girl. Tomorrow, this girl has a date. Now what happens? She falls down the stairs. Uh oh. Her ankle is swollen and she can’t wear her favorite shoes. That won’t do, she needs to look perfect! Though a swollen ankle with pain should always be looked at by a doctor, there is not always much else a person can do but ice it and elevate.

This imaginary, particular girl decides to put on the Double Ice Ankle Ice Wrap by ProSeries for Ankle Swelling. She rests with her wrap on and her leg elevated on top of pillows and by the next day her swelling is down and the pain is dulled. Now her favorite shoes fit perfectly and her date need never know.

This product is a great buy for anyone. Everyone has accidents and many times they involve our quite fragile ankles. There is no need to reschedule your life around a swollen painful ankle. No customer will regret the purchase of a Double Ice Ankle Ice Wrap.