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You have a seemingly small, nagging bursa injury that's not properly healed and has become chronic.
Your doctor has given have conservative treatments before even suggesting surgery. It is generally understood by doctors and surgeons, that surgery will introduce more scar tissue into the any already damaged tissue. This added scar tissue will be problematic, requiring more physical therapy and conservative treatment options post-surgery. If not dealt with properly, your bursitis injury could end up in worse condition than before the surgery! This is why surgery is only performed as a last resort.
Most doctors, surgeons and orthopedic specialists will recommend conservative treatment methods for minor bursitis injuries before even considering surgery.
Some of the most effective conservative treatment methods you will find are:
- Rest - This is important for initial healing because without proper rest you're at risk for increased pain, inflammation. If you are not pro-active with your resting of your injury you may even worse and turn an acute injury into a chronic one.
- Avoid activities that caused your injury - While resting your bursa injury it's also important to avoid all activities that may have caused your bursitis.
- Apply Effective Cold Compression
Effective Cold Compression = Treatment with a ColdCure Wrap®
Immediate cold (using a ColdCure Wrap®) will help you to manage pain while getting rid of the pain and inflammation. Immediate pain relief and reduced inflammation can also relieve some of the pressure that's being placed on your tissue(s) and stop your injury from getting worse.
- Use Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ - After any inflammation and/or swelling has been reduced, you can use your own blood flow to maximize healing of damaged tissue and maintain healthy blood flow to your all your bursa. This also boost overall long-term healing of this injury.
Effective Conservative Treatment Options
If your doctor has decided that your bursitis can be treated with conservative treatment, you can join our many customers who have had great success treating themselves with the powerful, conservative treatment products we offer through AidMyBursa.
What You Need to Treat Your Bursitis:
- A Professional Cold Compression ColdCure Wrap® to reduce inflammation around your bursa (as soon as possible).
- A Deep Tissue Therapeutic BFST Wrap® to increase Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ to the injured soft tissue (BFST®).
- An Exercise and Stretching Plan to prevent muscle atrophy and shortened tendons. A proper plan will increase elasticity and strengthen the joint.
Bursitis injuries can happen to anyone and right now there are thousands of doctors and physical therapists dealing with patients that require a solution to treat their bursa injury fast and heal it (where possible). If you want to be pro-active about properly addressing your bursitis, speak to your doctor about adding to your treatment with AidMyBursa's system utilizing BFST®, ColdCure Wrap® Cold Compression and Passive Stretching with a stretching/exercise EBOOK..
The AidMyBursa therapeutic at-home healing system gives you:
- Products that are approved by the FDA for use in the hospital or at home.
- A 3-Step Treatment Formula used by physical therapists and doctors - with an BFST Wrap® used to increase blood flow circulation before stretching, and a ColdCure Wrap® to 'cool down' & relieve post-stretching pain / swelling.
- BFST Wraps® with deeply penetrating Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ right into your damaged bursa and surrounding joint where you need treatment most (unlike other methods that just heat your skin - like hot water bottles, hot baths, etc.)
- Cold Compression ColdCure Wraps® that relieve pain, inflammation and swelling fast with consistent cold temperatures that WON'T reach temperatures so low that it causes cryoburn (like ice or blue gel packs full of anti-freeze and chemicals).
- Food-grade, non-toxic gel packs that can be chilled in the fridge or freezer.
- Medical-grade, soft, plush, neoprene wraps that meet ISO 10993 bio-compatibility testing - providing the safest product for cold compression and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ treatment.
If Surgery is Required...
Most doctors, physicians and orthopedic specialists will recommend conservative therapy for minor bursa injuries before considering surgery. If you've been suffering and you've tried everything to completely recover from your bursitis injury, you and your doctor may decide to move forward with more drastic treatments to cure your bursitis pain.
If possible, avoiding surgery is the best option, however in some extreme cases the bursa remains thick and swollen causing chronic bursitis pain. Surgical removal of a bursa (a procedure called a bursectomy or resection of a bursa) may be necessary if the bursa has become chronically inflamed. The type of surgery you will have depends on the type of injury you're faced with.
If you need to have surgery to deal with your bursitis injury you need to incorporate the AidMyBursa conservative treatment products during your post-surgery recovery. While using thees conservative treatment methods when recovering from surgery you'll find them to be extremely beneficial for:
- Reducing post-surgery inflammation with the most effective Cold Compression Wrap available on the market today.
Treating with effective cold compression means using the ColdCure Wrap®.
- Enhancing range of motion and elasticity of your soft tissue by increasing healthy blood flow circulation with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™.
The BFST Wrap® is the only home treatment method available to receive on-going, daily treatment from Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®).
As with any surgery there are risks to every procedure depending on a lot of factors, including your age, the severity of your injury and your level of health going into the procedure. It is always best to discuss all possible risks and complications with your doctor, orthopaedic specialist and/or surgeon before the procedure.
It's important to be aware of the risks you may face with any procedure intended to fix or your bursa.
Generally when it comes to bursitis surgery you'll be faced with options for non-invasive procedures and more invasive solutions. If it's possible to do a non-invasive procedure, your doctor may suggest a less aggressive procedure such as draining or aspiration of your enlarged bursa.
The hope is that the removal of extra fluid from your bursa will reduce your pain, but it may only be a temporary fix if the bursa sac has thickened walls and has chronic inflammation. The cause of fluid build-up will also require treatment with conservative treatment methods following the procedure.
Bursitis Aspiration Surgery
This procedure is most commonly used for elbow bursitis. Your doctor will use a syringe filled with liquid (1% lidocaine) to raise the skin over the bursa and to freeze/numb the area. Your doctor raises the tissue to protect the tendons and ligaments in the elbow. A new needle will then be inserted into the bursa to drain the fluid and reduce the over all size.
Joint Arthrocentesis Surgery
Your doctor will insert a needle into the bursa and drain the fluid. This type of joint aspiration is common for treating bursitis in the knee, wrist, hip or shoulder. This type of procedure is used to protect the joint from further (more invasive) surgery and a more complicated outcome.
Once you've had your bursa drained of the extra fluid, the pressure on your surrounding soft tissue (ligaments, tendons, muscle) should be reduced. Even though this procedure may ease your pain, you'll still need to rest the injury and continue with conservative treatment methods for post-surgery recovery. Your doctor will encourage you to continue with effective cold compression, exercise, blood flow stimulation, and most importantly - rest.
Draining extra fluid from your bursa isn't a cure for your bursitis injury. Your bursa might re-fill with fluid and re-injury is a very large risk to you. If you find that your bursitis has come back and you're suffering even more than before, you may need to have the bursa removed from the joint.
Open Bursitis Surgery (Bursectomy)
Traditional open surgery is used when there's a large amount of damage to the bursa tissue, bone fractures in the joint as a result from an acute injury, bone spurs or other injuries from degeneration (aging) of your joint and/or extensive damage to the surrounding soft tissue (tendons, ligaments, muscle). During this procedure one long incision(s) is made in the area of your injury. An open incision this large provides enough room for the surgeon to remove the bursa, shave down any bone spurs and repair any damaged tissue. Open surgery is only ever used for knee and shoulder bursitis.
An open procedure is rarely used for elbow bursitis (only the most extreme cases). In some cases, an open procedure will also be used for larger, more involved hip bursitis removal. However if it's possible to do so, a surgeon will usually remove one or more of the bursae in the hip with arthroscopic surgery.
Arthroscopic Bursitis Surgery (Bursectomy)
A bursectomy will be done arthroscopically if your damaged bursa is accessible through 2 to 4 keyhole incisions in your joint. This type of procedure is common for shoulder (subacromial) bursitis, knee (prepatellar, infrapatellar, pes anserine) bursitis, and hip (iliopsoas, trochanteric) bursitis.
Arthroscopic bursitis surgery will provide the surgeon with a first hand look into the nature of the injury and what work must be done to remove your bursa. During this procedure a thin tube containing a camera and light is inserted through an incision near the joint. Additional surgical tools required to remove/fix your bursa will be inserted into the other keyhole incisions. A shaver is sometimes used to cut the bursa free from the surrounding tissue and then the bursa will be removed. If a bone spur or other problem has caused the bursitis, the spur is removed or the problem is corrected to prevent further issues.
This is a minimally invasive procedure so it may limit the amount of tissue damage from surgery, helping promote a more effective recovery. Your surgeon will preform bursectomy surgery with the goal to have you on the road to recovery faster. Rehabilitation from a bursectomy will depend on your healing ability, rest, your diet, tissue damage, and other procedures done during the surgery.
Generally, recovery time is relatively fast after a bursectomy with normal movement.
Do You Even Need Surgery for Your Bursitis?
If You Need Bursitis Surgery - What's Recovery Like?
Wrist Bursitis Surgery & Recovery
Your surgeon will start with a less aggressive approach to deal with your wrist bursitis first. This is done to avoid open surgery to remove the bursa from your wrist. Usually an arthrocentesis procedure is used to treat wrist bursitis. This is where a needle is inserted into the bursa to drain the fluid. If you're suffering from chronic wrist bursitis your doctor may decide to have you undergo an arthroscopic surgery to remove the bursa sac altogether. No matter what type of procedure you have for your wrist, you'll need to wear a splint on your wrist for 1 to 2 weeks after the surgery. You'll also need to limit weight bearing and lifting of the affected hand and wrist.
Foot Bursitis Surgery & Recovery
Bursae in the foot are known as adventures. This means that your body will create some bursae in the foot in response to damage to the foot (to help compensate for other soft tissue injuries in the foot).
Some of the places where "adventure" bursae will grow in the foot include:
- the first metatarsal phalangeal joint (the base of the big toe), often associated with a bunion and Morton's Neuroma
- the base of the second metatarsal phalangeal joint (the base of the second toe)
- the base of the fifth toe, often associated with a bunionette
- the bottom of the heel and the bottom of the forefoot
- the ankle area
Metatarsal bursa and inter-metatarsal bursitis injuries respond best to conservative treatments (rest, effective cold compression with a ColdCure Wrap® and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ with a BFST Wrap®).
Physical therapy will focus on restoring the correct position of bones and soft tissue in the foot. Your doctor won't consider surgery without you first trying conservative treatment methods and correcting the mechanics of your foot in physical therapy. Shoe modification with an orthotic may be the only treatment required, although in severe cases, surgical realignment of the metatarsal bones may be required.
Surgery is considered the last resort! Why? Scar tissue in the foot will cause more problems to the soft tissue in your foot, even more so than the original bursa injury.
Achilles (Ankle or Heel) Bursitis Surgery & Recovery
Achilles/ankle/heel bursitis (retrocalcaneal bursitis), also known as Haglund's Syndrome, can only be treated through open surgery. The medical community has not come up with the most effective type of surgery to deal with Retrocalcaneal Bursa surgery. What is known is there are two different approaches to solving retrocalcaneal bursa pain. (source: US National Library of Medicine and Health)
1. Open surgery with the removal of the retrocalcaneal bursae
The surgeon may or may not carefully cut away any dead tissue in the Achilles tendon and shave down the calcaneal bone. After the surgery you'll be placed in a short leg cast for 2 weeks with your ankle in a flexed down position. Then you'll be placed in a neutral ankle position for another 2 weeks. To protect the tissue while healing you won't be allowed to bear any weight on your ankle and take part in activities that place weight on your ankle for the first 4 weeks following surgery.
Approximately 6 weeks after surgery, you'll be placed in a walking boot for another 2 weeks. It will be important to stick to your physical therapy appointments and continue exercise at home during your entire recovery process. Complete recovery time for heel bursitis surgery is between 6 months and 2 years.
2. Open surgery by splitting the Achilles tendon to allow access to drain the bursa, cut away dead tissue on the bursa sac or completely remove the bursa.
This tendon-splitting approach has some major drawbacks because it weakens the Achilles tendon and the recovery process to return to full function of the foot is very slow. A build-up of scar tissue may cause more irritation to the foot after recovery, possibly requiring additional conservative treatment methods or even more surgery.
Elbow (Olecranon) Bursitis Surgery & Recovery
The elbow has very poor blood supply and may not heal correctly after open surgery. A build up of scar tissue in the elbow can affect range of motion later on so your doctor/surgeon may opt to use this less invasive procedure for your elbow bursitis...
If your condition is chronic a small incision will be made over the bursa. Surgery is only done when the bursa is not red, hot, and inflamed. If the bursa has become thickened and enlarged this procedure will involve lifting the skin on your elbow up, over the swelling. If this is the case, there will be a considerable empty 'dead space' left behind where the enlarged bursa once was. This space often fills with blood and fluid after the operation. Your surgeon will apply a firm bandage to reduce the amount of fluid that collects. You may need to visit the doctor to have additional fluid drained from your elbow with a syringe.
Hip (Trochanteric / Iliopsoas) Bursitis Surgery & Recovery
During this procedure your surgeon will make 2 to 3 small incisions in and around your hip. Your surgeon will insert small tools into the hip joint to repair, remove and/or shave your damaged bursa tissue. If trochanteric surgery is being performed, the surgical team will apply pressure to your hip to help open up the area allowing your surgeon access to tissue. If you're suffering from a secondary condition along with bursitis, your surgeon may need to add 1 to 2 more incisions for additional soft tissue repair.
If one of the tendons in your hip need to be cut to allow your bursa to be removed, this tendon may also be lengthened or released (cut) to give your bursa more room in the hip joint. If the tendon is not repaired, the edges will heal and fill in with scar tissue. The tendon will end up being much looser than before you had surgery. Generally, the surgeon wants to make sure your greater trochanter tissue isn't rubbing on the surface of the other tissue in your hip.
During post-operative recovery from hip bursitis surgery you'll be on crutches for 2 to 4 weeks. You'll also need to wear a brace for 2 weeks to protect the delicate tissues in your hip and prevent extreme movement. The brace will need to be worn over your clothing during weight bearing activities while still using your crutches. You may also need to wear the brace while you sleep for the first week after surgery.
Recovering from hip bursitis surgery is a slow process. You'll have to attend physical therapy sessions quite a few times a week during your post-surgery recovery. Physical therapy may even take several months. You'll be encouraged to move around as soon as possible, but with care placed on protecting your hip and the tissues as they heal.
During physical therapy you can expect to proactive range-of-motion exercises and work your way up to active stretching and strengthening of the muscles and tendons in your hip, thigh and leg. Your physical therapy will include riding a stationary bike 2 times a day, every day, for 5 to 10 minutes.
Shoulder (Subacromial) Bursitis Surgery & Recovery
Shoulder bursitis can be surgically treated with an arthroscopic procedure, using a small camera to see your shoulder joint. Your surgeon will make 2 keyhole incisions at the front of your shoulder. Small instruments will then be inserted into the the shoulder joint. Your surgeon will use these tools to see any tears, bone spurs or loose material, and remove or shaving away dead tissue on your damaged bursa sac (this is also called debridement).
During your initial recovery from surgery you'll have to protect your shoulder and arm by wearing a sling or splint. You'll be encouraged to do normal daily activities, raising your arm waist high, after a few days. Attending physical therapy appointments will help with range of motion, stiffness and swelling. Recovery for shoulder bursitis surgery is usually between 2 to 6 months depending on the amount of work your surgeon had to do to repair / remove the bursa sac in your shoulder.
Knee (Prepatellar, Infrapatellar, Pes Anserine) Bursitis Surgery
If your bursa needs to be removed your surgeon will make an incision into the skin over the length of your bursa. The surgeon will use care to remove the bursa from the surrounding tissue to make sure they don't tear or rupture the bursa itself. Once the bursa is removed the surgeon will use strong 'mattress' sutures on your inner soft tissue and the skin to close the opening. Mattress sutures are used to help fill in the gap ('dead space') left from the bursa that's been removed. These sutures also allow the surgeon to apply tension to the inner tissue and reduce the build-up of scar tissue inside the joint.
Post-operative care after knee bursectomy (removal of the bursa) will begin with a large compression dressing that's applied to your knee. Your whole leg, from groin to ankle, will be completely immobilized for 2 weeks until the wound from surgery is completely healed. Your surgeon may have you start quadricep exercises the day after surgery, this depends on the amount of repair required during the surgery.
Another option for surgery is drainage of the bursa in your knee. After this procedure your knee and leg will need to be immobilized in a splint. If your surgeon has used gauze to catch any additional fluid that leaks, this gauze dressing will need to be changed at least twice a week. There will now be some 'dead space' left inside of your knee where the bursa fluid once was. As your body tries to heal the area, even more fluid may collect inside this space in your knee joint. If this happens your surgeon will tell you to continue immobilizing your leg and knee to reduce the build up of fluid.
What Happens After the Surgery?
Ask any doctor and they'll tell you that the success of your surgery depends on your level of dedication to regular at home care of your bursa injury. Most of our bursitis post-op clients have treated themselves successfully through regular use of the ColdCure Wrap® and the BFST Wrap®.
Using these therapies will lessen the chance and/or severity of joint degeneration and muscular atrophy during your rehabilitation process. In some cases our customers have prevented the onset of degeneration through regular use of these treatments. They will even combine these therapeutic treatments with the rehabilitation plan recommended by their doctor, surgeon or physical therapist.
Getting Started with Your Post-Operative Rehabilitation
If you've had surgery on your bursitis injury then your doctor will quickly get you on the path to rehabilitation. The aggressiveness of your rehabilitation efforts and your injury's ability to heal will depend on a variety of factors including (but not limited to):
- your age, overall health, and activity level
- the state of your bursitis injury before surgery (severe injuries like thickened bursa sac, tendon or ligament damage, an open wound, bone damage or fracture will require more intense surgery)
- the type of surgery you had
- how soon you need to return to normal activity
Know that no 2 rehabilitation plans are alike - The less invasive your surgery is,
the quicker your road to recovery will be.
The goal of a rehabilitation plan is to manage pain and swelling while improving function, strength, and range of motion. Ultimately at the end of your recovery you'll regain strength and return to full activity. In order to achieve this you'll most likely spend a lot of time with a physical therapist after your surgery, but as your healing progresses, emphasis will be placed on your personal at home treatment.
The success of your rehabilitation will depend on your dedication to working with your physical therapist while also managing your recovery on a daily basis at home.
No matter what type of surgery you've had (or even if you don't need surgery) your home therapy routine can be improved by controlling initial and on-going pain/swelling, increasing blood flow to heal your bursa injury, and consistent, passive movement to increase range of motion so that you can achieve long-term, positive results.
All of this can easily be done by incorporating a ColdCure Wrap® and BFST Wrap® into your rehabilitation routine. Regular treatment with a ColdCure Wrap® and BFST Wrap® will decrease your time spent in recovery.
Your Post-op Recovery Time can be Reduced...
With the use of ColdCure Wrap® cold compression, Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ with a BFST Wrap®, and consistent stretching following surgery.
Cold compression is recommended by doctors following a bursectomy to treat your pain in a natural, non-addictive way and to reduce swelling. It's hard to find the most effective from of Cold Compression. Ice and sub-par wraps warm up too quickly or numb your skin beyond feeling - causing even more damage in your already-damaged joint! Effective Cold Compression can only be achieved with regular use of a ColdCure Wrap®.
After the incision site has healed, speak with your doctor about the use of our BFST Wraps® utilizing Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™. Using our BFST Wraps® as soon as you can following your surgery will minimize the growth of scar tissue that forms as you heal. Treating scar tissue is the most important step following surgery, especially in a joint to improve its range of motion.
Leaving the scar tissue untreated can lead to stiffness, chronic pain, osteoarthritis or other chronic conditions. BFST® encourages more oxygen and nutrients to flow to the area to speed healing and improve the strength of the soft tissue in your joint.
As you maintain healthy blood flow circulation in your affected joint it's also important to keep moving. If you stop moving your joint will stiffen up and surrounding muscle and soft tissue will begin to atrophy (waste away). You can strengthen your joint, muscles and soft tissue in your hip, knee, ankle and foot after bursitis surgery by lightly stretching.
Only AidMyBursa offers this recovery process that gets you on your feet faster, speeding up your overall healing with long-lasting, sustainable results.
Pre-Surgical and Post-Surgical Treatments
Step 1 - Reduce Pain & Swelling with the ColdCure Wrap®
The 1st step for conservative treatment of your bursitis before and after surgery is to reduce swelling to "open up" the area for more blood flow. Anyone in the health-care business knows that your blood supplies the oxygen and much needed nutrients required for your body to heal naturally after surgery. This is why doctors and surgeons recommend cold compression therapy within the first 72 hours of an injury and following bursitis surgery.
Cold compression therapy is recommended to reduce pain, swelling and tissue damage. Many doctors, surgeons and physical therapists consider cold compression therapy to be the gold standard for treatment of inflammation and pain. On-going cold compression treatments can reduce, or even eliminate, the need for NSAIDs or other medications that can be harmful to your body.
Cold compression therapy is known and trusted by most medical professionals. This is why for years doctors, trainers and other medical professionals have recommended RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to treat the pain and swelling of fresh injuries, chronic pain, after any re-injury, and especially after surgery.
Although RICE can help to treat these symptoms, ice and inferior gel packs reach temperatures so low they can cause cryoburn, an ice burn on your skin. The problem is, up until now there hasn't been any other option to treat painful conditions and injuries with effective cold compression, so ice and blue gel packs (full of anti-freeze and chemicals) have been the only choice up until now.
Fortunately you no longer have to settle for these ice cold methods that are uncomfortably cold against your skin, provide short term relief, cause ice burns, and numb your skin and underlying tissue beyond feeling so you don't even notice the ice burn until it's too late. You can also get rid of those cold packs that warm up soon after you pull them out of the freezer and gel that pools around your injury putting the short-term cold everywhere expect for where you need it most - on your bursitis injury!
The ColdCure Wrap® is the cold compression tool you need for your post-surgical recovery to treat yourself in an effective and convenient way.
When used on a bursitis injury after surgery, our ColdCure Wraps® provide:
- The highest-level of cold compression to quickly decrease pain, swelling, inflammation and draw the heat out of your affected joint.
- Tailored wraps that are available to conform around and treat bursae for every joint of the body.
- Effective cold compression that is unlike any other cold compression wrap out there.
- Cold temperatures that stay right over your bursitis injury for the entire length of your treatment.
- A home-based solution with consistent (daily) cold treatments that reduces swelling fast, decreases tissue damage after surgery, and opens up your joint to receive the blood flow circulation needed to heal quickly and naturally.
- Heavier, more substantial gel packs containing a special formulation of gel - called RigiGel®.
RigiGel® is our trademarked name for a unique gel formula that's made of food-grade, non-toxic material that holds the cold for an extended period of time. This specially formulated gel also features non-migrating gel technology that makes our line of ColdCure Wraps® truly different from any other wrap available on the market.
RigiGel® is a patented formula that gives you:
- More cooling power per pound than standard cold compression wraps.
- More gel than other wraps, meaning every time you put one on it will keep your joint cold for a longer period; pain relief is enhanced and swelling is better controlled.
Our special RigiGel® packs can be chilled in the fridge or freezer to tailor the amount of cold that you need for your injury. It doesn't matter how you cool it down, because our gel packs are chock full of gel that's designed to cool down into millions of tiny snowflakes. This method of cooling means our gel packs aren't icy-cold, just perfectly cold enough to give you the most effective cold compression available.
The cushioned gel will wrap around your joint and it won't budge for the entire treatment period. You'll no longer have to deal with annoying pooling around your joint or have to hold a hard block of ice on your injury!
Effective Cold Compression Therapy slows nerve and cell function - reducing the swelling that blocks blood vessels from doing their job.
This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood through the tissue and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells don't get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage done to your bursa and joint after surgery, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal bursitis injuries faster and with less pain after surgery! This is why you need to treat your bursitis injury after surgery, when you notice pain / swelling / inflammation, or directly after a re-injury. Applying a ColdCure Wrap® right away will stop the damage immediately and unblock your blood vessels to let your body's natural blood flow in to start healing the tissue.
The ColdCure Wrap® = Effective Cold Compression Therapy
It'll seem weird for you to read this, but there are a LOT of people out there that don't understand how fast cold compression with a ColdCure Wrap® can get the swelling / inflammation in your joint under control! After you get rid of the swelling for good you can start actually dealing with your bursitis injury and the healing needed after surgery.
Use Cold Compression ColdCure Wraps®:
- 24 to 72 hours after your initial injury or when you first notice pain and swelling in or around your injured bursa to stop cellular damage, relieve pain, and decrease swelling.
- After exercise, workouts or activity of any kind to prevent re-injury of your bursitis.
- Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to control pre and post-surgery pain and swelling.
- Anytime you feel your bursitis is making your joint feel tender, painful or you're having a flare-up of an old bursitis injury.
- Anytime you have swelling, sharp throbbing pain or inflammation.
- Any other situation where you need to draw the pain and inflammation out of your bursitis injury.
Step 2 - Improve Circulation & Prevent Re-Injury with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™
There are a lot of people that think their bursitis injury is gone after their swelling and inflammation are gone and their joint feels better. They also make the mistake of returning to regular activities too soon without proper time for healing. The truth is that healing takes time and after the swelling is gone your bursitis injury isn't even close to being fully healed.
After the inflammation in and around your bursa has been reduced, providing extra blood flow and strengthening the tissue around your bursitis is recommended. Believe it or not, the best time for you to focus on avoiding re-injury and strengthening your weakened joint is when the swelling's gone and your injury's started to heal. It's vital that you don't go back to activities too soon because you might bring on a major set-back in your recovery...
- Have you recently re-injured your bursa by returning to your normal daily activities too quickly?
- How many times in the past have you aggravated your bursitis injury just trying to perform basic tasks around your house?
- Is your bursitis preventing you from work or activities you love to do?
If this sounds like you - You're not alone...
Most people we deal with tell us these scenarios have happened to them many times in the past. The real challenge is how to promote blood flow to your injured bursa without causing further injury. This goal is even more complicated by the fact that your bursitis is most likely located in one of your most commonly used joints in everyday life (your shoulder, wrist, elbow, hip, knee, ankle or toes).
Tendonitis, strained muscles, torn ligaments and overall joint pain can often occur at the same time - weakening not only your damaged bursa, but also all of the soft tissue surrounding your bursitis in your weakened joint.
What can you do to actually start healing your bursitis injury?
The answer is simple. Your body can heal itself and it's the blood in your body that makes it all happen. Your blood is how everything that's good inside of you is transported directly to your injured bursa tissue. Your blood carries oxygen, nutrients, water and antibodies right to the source of your injury and pain. Bringing proper blood flow to your injured bursa is essential to healing.
Promoting blood flow around injured tissue to help the body heal itself is a concept that's been used for centuries. Oxygen and nutrients, carried in your own blood, are critical for the body to heal itself. Without proper blood flow, recovering from your bursitis injury will be delayed... Sometimes for a very long period of time.
Even though the concept is simple, improving blood flow to your bursa can be difficult. When an injury occurs to the bursa in one of your major joints, the challenges are even greater. Traditional methods require you to move your damaged bursa and sore/stiff joint in order to promote blood flow. This same motion that promotes blood flow can also make your pain and bursitis much worse (especially if you need to immobilize your joint during surgery recovery). Relying on movement along to increase blood flow puts you in danger of re-injuring your bursa.
So what do you do when you need to increase blood flow, but you can't move your joint without re-injuring your tissue?
This is where the BFST Wrap® and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®) come in!
Using Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®), will help with your recovery and heal your bursitis more completely. BFST® increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your soft tissue to nourish your joints, improving elasticity and speeding the healing process. This increased Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ to your damaged bursa is greatly needed to complete your healing and avoid re-injury once and for all.
The only way to get BFST® is through use of a BFST Wrap®.
The BFST Wrap® is the only treatment method that improves blood flow and circulation on a deep tissue level. Other methods of warming / heating tissue (hot water bottles, hot baths, etc) will only ever increase blood flow on a surface / skin level. These methods need a LOT of time to even reach your damaged bursa on a deep tissue level. And even if you were to use them this long your skin would heat up to an uncomfortable level and may even burn you.
The best source of heat treatment is from a product where you don't even feel that much heat. When you don't feel the heat, it means the therapy is working in your deep soft tissue which is really where you need it. It's kind of like how your heart works in your body. You can't "feel" your heart pumping blood all around your body to your arms and legs. You can't even hear your own heartbeat without listening very closely. This is exactly how deep tissue BFST® works too!
You're not supposed to "feel" a lot of heat because the heat isn't treating your skin, it's treating your bursitis, increasing the blood flow right where your injury is!
- When treating bursitis or any soft tissue injury, an effective therapy will increase blood flow to the injury while the joint is immobile.
- This increase in blood flow will accelerate the body's own ability to heal itself.
- The BFST Wrap® is the most highly effective blood flow stimulation device that you'll find on the market that is approved by the FDA for use in the home or hospital.
Regular treatments with a BFST Wrap® can reduce pain and stiffness from scar tissue and increase overall flexibility in your joint. Increased blood flow will whisk away damaged tissue, toxins, and any bacteria in or around your injured bursa to promote more effective healing. Getting rid of toxins will allow all of the positive healing processes to start in your injury. Increasing blood flow will also increase the amount of oxygen that's being sent to your injured tissue AND boost your tissue's ability to absorb oxygen. (reference: 1)
How Does the BFST Wrap® Promote BFST®?
Every BFST Wrap® contains a patented Energy Pad that's flexible and shaped to conform around the area you're treating. The Energy Pad provides a uniform wave of healing electromagnetic energy over the entire treatment area. This energy travels deep inside your soft tissue to stimulate blood flow on the deep tissue level where it's needed to heal your injury. It's the electromagnetic energy provided provided by our BFST Wraps® that's crucial to the healing process.
Electromagnetic energy is the only way to get your blood flow moving on a deep tissue level for these reasons:
- Electromagnetic energy waves are not heat waves.
- When emitted from the BFST Wrap®, electromagnetic energy waves penetrate right through your skin and fat layers until they get to your damaged tissue.
- Once these energy waves reach your injured bursa, they're absorbed and quickly converted into heat energy right at the location of your injury
- The idea of electromagnetic energy ways is slowly catching on in North American, but the truth is, it's a technology that's been used for decades
Many people just don't know that over the past 30 years, researchers in Japan and China have completed extensive studies on the use of electromagnetic energy for healing and their findings have been impressive. Success has been reported in studies from countries like Sweden and Germany. Research is continuing and soon, much of North American will know what the Far East and Europe has known for a long time...
Electromagnetic energy provides a wide range of health benefits for those not only suffering from bursitis, but for many other soft tissue injuries as well.
Regular treatment with the electromagnetic energy in our BFST Wraps® will ensure:
- Your pain will be reduced.
- Your injured bursa will heal at an accelerated rate with reduced potential for re-injury.
- Your joints will have a larger range of motion and increased extensibility of collagen tissue in your joint and around your bursa. (Chapter 9 of "Therapeutic Heat and Cold", 4th edition. (amazon.com link - Ed. Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin)
Electromagnetic Energy = Increased Blood Flow = More Oxygen, More Nutrients and Less Toxins = Faster Healing
Our BFST Wraps® are uniquely patented designs that are better than other alternatives out there for more than just the electromagnetic energy they provide! Our wraps are made from medical-grade material - this should be as important to you as it is to us. Other products that are sold in stores are considered "consumer goods" meaning the material only needs to be as good as a sweater that you wear. Clothing articles like this don't need to meet high standards of production or materials and may include materials that irritate your skin.
Since our wraps are medical-grade products registered with the FDA, they are of a higher quality and need to meet way more standards for manufacturing (ISO 10993 - bio-compatibility testing). This makes our wraps the safest product to increase blood flow circulation.
Our manufacturer has spent years perfecting the wrap design to make sure you get the treatment you deserve!
Use BFST® BFST Wraps®:
- After swelling and inflammation have been reduced with cold compression.
- Before exercise or workouts to warm up your joint to prevent re-injury.
- Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to warm up your bursa before physical therapy exercising or stretching.
- Anytime you feel your joint has stiffened up, is tight and your mobility is reduced causing you more pain.
- Anytime you have sore or aching tissue in and around your bursitis.
- Any other situation where you need to increase blood flow to your bursa to relax your soft tissue, relieve pain, prevent re-injury and enhance flexibility of your tissue.
Even when you're injured and in pain you need to keep moving to break up scar tissue that's forming around your bursa. Moving when you're injured is hard. Since moving while injured can be painful - most people think it's better to stop moving, rest their body and hope that their bursitis will heal all on its' own after surgery. Even though rest is important to recovery too much rest during the recovery process will increase the amount of scar tissue in your joint.
During the healing process your body will fill in tears in your soft tissue and bursa sac with dense, brittle tissue called "scar tissue". This process is no different after you've had surgery to remove your bursa or drain fluid from your joint. The human body will use scar tissue as a temporary solution and will try to build the scar tissue as fast as possible to heal the area. Scar tissue can form fast to bind everything together in your joint, but working fast doesn't mean that the job's done right. When scar tissue forms it doesn't come together as neatly as regular (healthy) soft tissue would. Scar tissue fibers will lay down over top of the damage in and around your bursa in a cluttered, messy and jumbled up way.
Imagine throwing a bunch of drinking straws in the air... Those straws will land in a random, unorganized way. It seems silly to think that those straws could land perfectly straight and all in the same direction.
This is how scar tissue works. The scar tissue that forms on your bursa will be unorganized and won't line up properly with the healthy tissue surrounding your joint. This scar tissue will also attach to everything in and around your bursa, including the surrounding healthy tissue as well. This can result in a long-term fusing together of your tissue that stiffens up your entire joint, reducing your mobility and making your bursitis injury even more painful!
This is why scar tissue is weak and only a temporary solution to heal your bursitis injury. Scar tissue is something that needs to be dealt with fast. If you try to get back into your regular daily activities after surgery with a mound of scar tissue in your joint you'll have a higher risk of re-injury. Scar tissue is just not built to withstand the pressures of regular activity.
If you have an injured bursa with a lot of scar tissue and re-injure that tissue, even more scar tissue will grow to fill in those tears. If you keep falling into the dangerous cycle of re-injuring your bursa without proper treatment you could end up with massive amounts of scar tissue in your joint. Your ability to move your affected joint in a normal way will be impaired as the amount of scar tissue increases.
The only solution to truly repair your pulled muscle for good is to break up scar tissue and avoid re-injury.
This can be achieved through regular use of the BFST Wrap® accompanied thereafter with light stretching. A light consistent stretch regimen will help break down scar tissue and improve flexibility during your post-op recovery.
Are You Dealing with Rehabilitation After Bursitis Surgery (Bursectomy)?
We Have Answers that can Help...
Most cases of chronic bursitis injuries will respond well to conservative treatments, however, surgery will be needed in some cases (especially if your bursa needs to be removed). Undergoing bursitis surgery, whether you're having your bursa drained or removed, can be a scary and challenging time for most.
The Internet and any medical professionals available to you (your surgeon, orthopaedic specialist and/or physical therapist) will provide a wealth of information and details on the surgery itself, but it can be a challenge to fully understand the medical terminology used, how your body reacts to the surgery and what comprehensive rehabilitation plan will get your body healed as soon as possible.
Surgery in itself is not the end of the journey, it is merely
the beginning of a new chapter. Your rehabilitation efforts will have an important impact on how soon you can return to living and enjoying your normal daily life.
It truly takes a cohesive rehab plan after surgery - incorporating conservative therapy, rest and physical therapy/exercise - to ensure a complete recovery takes hold. There is no single answer and each individual experience in rehabilitation is different.
We here at AidMyBursa provide suggestions and options for people to help get them through this life changing event. We assist many people in shaping an individual course of action to help them heal after surgery.
If you have undergone bursitis surgery and you would like to ask us questions on steps needed to ensure more complete healing, then call our office toll free: 1-866-237-9608
The Next Step Is Up To You!
Living with pain is never easy as it affects your entire lifestyle. Living with pain during or after intensive surgery with a lengthy rehabilitation period can be even harder! Nothing is more important than making the proper decision when it comes to treating your bursitis and joint pain after surgery.
Rehabilitation at home, while attending regular physical therapy or doctor appointments, is vital for your overall recovery. Consistent exercise and conservative treatment on a daily basis during your rehabilitation, while working with your doctor, surgeon or physical therapist, is key!
AidMyBursa stands out in this regard as our goal is to help you heal for the longer-term during your post-operative rehabilitation and beyond.
The bottom line is, you're welcome to try our products for a full 2 months. If you don't receive the benefits that others have experienced, simply return your purchase back to us and we'll issue a prompt & full refund. There will be no hassle and no hard feelings.
If you are still uncertain which route to go or if you'd like to discuss issues affecting your bursitis or other soft tissue injuries, then do not hesitate to contact an AidMyBursa Advisor immediately by phone or email.
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