The Passive Knee Stretch Device:
The Final Step in Meniscus Rehabilitative Therapy
'The house is only as strong as the foundation' this statement rings true with your knee(s). Each step we take we rely on our foundation to be strong, straight and true. Your knee is a weight-bearing joint and the most important thing about when it comes to your knee is stability. Yes, we need our knee(s) for move around in our daily life, but if we have weakness in the muscles and the foundation is going to collapse there will be no mobility.
The stronger your muscles are around your knee, the less energy is passed onto your meniscus. When you have any type of injury to your knee, the first thing your doctor tells you to do is 'rest' in order to heal and use cold compression for swelling.
Here is where the trouble begins, our muscles start to lose strength after just a few day of rest. It becomes critical to start passive stretching and not loose muscle strength and may be one of the most valuable things you can do to recover from your meniscus injury! A balance of exercise, range of motion, strengthening and endurance can relieve symptoms, protect your knee joint and prevent knee degeneration of the meniscus and cartilage. (source: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons)
Muscles begin to atrophy (waste away) only after a few days of dis-use. As time passes the muscle fibers shrink and the muscle loses strength and the cells begin to die inside the muscle. (source: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons)
Your muscles supporting your knee are in weakened state you may have even already felt is if your knee may 'give-out' on you; walking up a set of stairs or getting up from your chair. It may have been even difficult to take that first step in the morning. All signs that the tissue around your knee is weakening and you are losing range of motion with your leg. While in fact, this pain and lack of movement in your leg and knee is holding you back in the healing process. Your body needs blood flow to heal correctly, the old saying 'use it or lose it', not moving your knee you are losing out on critical extra blood flow to promote healing.
Bring Back Full Movement
Pain can restrict your leg and knees range of motion, you hurt so you don't move. Pain free range of motion exercises are your best friend and can get you on the road to recovery from your meniscus injury. Any injury to tissue is in a weakened and fragile state as healing starts and your body will quickly fill in the tears or strains with scar tissue. So using your knee if even only a bit, any pain-free movement is good for your knee!
The gold rule with for successful recovery from any meniscus therapy is increasing flexibility, tissue strength and range of motion. All that can been done with Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device
This seemingly simple device has assisted in the recovery of thousands of patients that have suffered many various injuries. Once a patient is on the path to healing, this device assists the patient in making a fast and full recovery.
The Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device assists in complete and full recovery for:
- Patients recovering from surgery (ie. knee replacement, lathroscopic knee and hip surgery, hip replacement).
- Patients recovering from a serious knee ligament injury
- Patients recovering from a serious Hip Injury such as Illiotibial Band Syndrome or Acetabular Labral Tear
- Patients recovering from Hamstring Pulls, Hamstring Strain, Calf Pulls, Calf Strains
- Patients recovering from knee or hip dislocations
Before making the transition to crutches, physical therapists prescribe gentle stretching of an injured knee or hip, and if no device is available, they usually prescribe heel slides. They don't prescribe this to annoy you - it is in fact the most important part of knee injury recovery. You probably know of someone that chose not to do these stretches as it is common - and they paid a high price for it. By not listening to the therapist (ie. not stretching), there is a huge chance of re-injuring your knee or even sustaining an injury greater than the original injury ever was.
The Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device was created because the heel was not sliding smoothly enough, causing re-injury and additional pain. Physical Therapists encounter the same issues every day when attempting to work with patients who are undergoing therapy from a serious knee or hip injury. This is why most therapists in Canada instantly purchased these same devices for their own clinics. For patients recovering from serious pain, it allows a more controlled and comfortable method to stretch and strengthen the muscles and ligaments in both the hip and knee joint. The sliding mechanism is extremely smooth and durable, as well as linear - something that becomes very important in such cases.
Using the Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device not only helps minimize the growth of scar tissue, but it also increases the elasticity and strength of the joint. After using the Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device over time, your knee joint will be better prepared to handle higher and higher loads. Eventually you will reach a stage where your knee joint can handle crutches or standing for longer and longer period of time. This is the final stage of recovery and depending on age, the nature of the injury, your weight and many other factors, it can take the longest time to complete. But remember, for knee injuries, it pays to be patient! Rushing your knee injury recovery almost never pays.
Stretching = The Best Way to Deal with Scar Tissue
Even when you're injured and in pain you need to keep moving to break-up scar tissue that's forming in your tendons and ligaments in you knee. Regular movement can increase healthy range of motion (ROM) of your knee, guaranteeing you a speedier recovery process and return to regular activities. 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 knee and hope that their knee injury will heal all on its' own. Even though rest is important to recovery, too much rest during the recovery process will increase the amount of scar tissue in you knee.
During the healing process your body will fill in tears in your tendons and ligaments with dense, brittle tissue called "scar tissue". 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 a tears in the soft tissue. Scar tissue can form fast to bring together the edges of a tear, 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) tendon/ligament tissue would. Scar tissue fibers will lay down over top of your tear in a cluttered, messy and jumbled up way.
Imagine throwing a bunch of drinking straws in the air... When those straws hit the ground they will land in a random, unorganized way. It even 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 in your knee soft tissue will be unorganized and won't line up properly with the healthy tissue surrounding the tear. This scar tissue will also attach to everything in and around your knee injury including the surrounding healthy tissue as well. This can result in a long-term fusing together of your tendon that stiffens your knee reducing your mobility and making your injury even more painful!
This is why scar tissue is weak and only a temporary solution to heal your knee injury. Scar tissue is something that needs to be dealt with fast. If you try to get back into your regular daily activities with a mound of scar tissue on your tendons and ligaments you will have a higher risk of re-injury. Scar tissue is just not built to withstand the pressures of regular activity.
If you have an knee injury 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 knee without proper treatment you could end up with massive amounts of scar tissue. Your ability to move your knee in a normal way will be impaired as the amount of scar tissue increases in and around your knee.
When combined with Freezie Wrap® therapy and Inferno Wrap® therapy, the Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device allows you to comprehensively treat meniscus injuries, knee ligament injuries and knee strain with the most effective home treatments that are available.
The Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device is an FDA Registered Medical Device and is suitable for repetitive, industrial usage in hospitals and therapeutic clinics. This device is deemed safe to use without medical assistance and as such is also available for use at home. This device is manufactured with a durable, easy glide track and is constructed almost completely from Canadian hardwoods.
If you aren't a professional athlete but you have a soft tissue knee injury (just like the injuries they get all the time), shouldn't you be getting the best treatment too? Of course you should - and you can. Pro Athletes have unlimited and timely access to Trainers and Physical Therapists that are actively working to get them healed as fast as possible. In almost all cases, Trainers and Therapists will have the patient undergo a treatment regimen that involves using a joint stretch device very similar to the Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device.
Knee Flex Usage - Key Points to Keep in Mind
The Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device will become an invaluable tool in your knee/hip recovery therapy. When used correctly, this device can strengthen and stretch four different muscle groups as well as stimulate blood flow in the joint for added recovery speed. Once you have spoken with your physician or physical therapist and determined that they approve of heel slide exercises, only then should you begin using the Knee-Flex® device. Once using it, here are a few things to consider:
- On the first session, loop a belt or bathrobe loop around your foot to assist your efforts. Once you find this is not needed then stop using the loop.
- Do not fret if you cannot flex your knee. Do what flexion you can and this machine should assist in increasing your range of motion over the long run.
- Set up the machine in a stable area free from obstruction. Most of our users find a pillow is very helpful as well for sitting/lying on.
- Always use the machine slowly and in a controlled manner. Quick, jerky movements are not helpful and will only cause added problems.
- When placing your heel on and off the machine, use your arms to lift it. This will keep the stress off your injured joints.
- Always follow the manual.
When used properly, the Knee-Flex® has a proven track record of assisting in the speedy recovery of many patients. As I have said on the home page, I have spent a long time searching for this treatment option. This is without doubt, the third and final essential tool for complete meniscus recovery. Once a patient deals with the swelling and inflammation through use of the Freezie Wrap® then begins the BFST® process through the use of the Inferno Wrap® it is time to take the third and final step to recovery by beginning a rehabilitation stretching regimen. The safest and most effective way we know to stretch the knee is through use of the Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device
For more information on the Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device, Freezie Wraps®, Inferno Wraps® or inquiries about your specific condition, call our AidMyMeniscus Customer Service Team. AidMyMeniscus customer service agents are highly trained individuals and will help find the treatment that's right for YOU. Why wait? Call today and get on the road to recovery faster than ever before!