MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament) injuries are some of the most common ligament injuries out there. Like ACL injuries, they drastically affect your ability to properly move your knee. Also like ACL injuries, MCL injuries involve tearing the ligament in one of many varrying degrees which determine the severity of the tear. However, regardless of the severity, MCL tears result in swelling and pain. These two things along with the tear itself can leave you with intense amounts of pain that can greatly interfere with your normal life. Fortunately King Brand Healthcare Products® has created tools which can greatly ease the pain that results from an MCL injury. These devices are the Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST®) and ColdCure® wraps.
King Brand Healthcare Products® are the innovators of Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST®). In most injuries (including MCL injuries) blood flow is the most critical element in rapid recovery. Blood flow brings oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the injured ligament which is nessacary for proper healing. Unfortunately, an injured knee at rest often has restricted blood flow which in turn limits the body's ability to heal. Physical activity will promote blood flow but is very difficult when you have an MCL injury and it may lead to the injury worsening. With a King Brand® BFST® Knee therapy device, blood flow can be stimulated in the torn ligament while the patient is at rest. With improved blood flow and without physical activity and the risk of reinjury, patients can recover from their knee injuries at surprisingly rapid rates.
Professional athletes are the best example of how quickly people can really recover from MCL tear. When a professional athlete tears a ligament, they have explicit instructions to stay off their injured knee - no physical activity, no loading of the joint, crutches - they are ordered to rest the knee completely.
Injured professional athletes though also are attended to by professional athletic therapists. These pro therapists have always been assigned to the athlete to ensure they supplement the healing process with minor exercises and stretches in order to stimulate blood flow many times a day. Regular BFST® treatments are an important, standard part of that therapy. This part is so important because the more we promote blood flow, the faster the MCL will heal. That's why professional athletes are back in the game in days while regular patients with the same injury often take weeks or even months to heal. With the addition of BFST® pro athletes and everyday people are recovering from their knee injuries faster than ever.
Knee Pain and swelling. Without pain and swelling, patients wouldn't know how severe their injury truly is. Pain and Swelling are the symptoms that drive patients to seek medical help early. As professional healthcare providers, we care about curing the ailment and recognize that the pain isn't the problem, its only a sign of the problem. All too often our patients rate our professional service based on our ability to address the pain and the swelling because that's the only part that they can feel. We want our patients to think highly of us, but we also want them to live without pain through the healing process. Pain killers are the easy solution, but we all know they are not the best solution.
Pain killers (NSAIDs/analgesics) such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and ASA are known anticoagulents - they can prevent the blood from clotting. This group of medicines interfere with normal blood function that is crucial for the optimal healing process. We know this isn't the best solution for treating the pain, but narcotics and steroids are not desirable options either, especially for our regular patients who are not under professional medical supervision 100% of the day. Even injured professional athletes who are under regular medical supervision are kept away from drugs if possible. The best possible solution for pain and swelling control is clearly using ColdCure® technology.
ColdCure® compression knee wraps are designed specifically for the treatment of pain and swelling from soft tissue injuries of the knee. They are easy to use, safe, targeted and extremely effective. ColdCure® technology provides control of the swelling and pain without the negatives of drugs. The patient gets the relief they demand and they heal as quickly as possible.
The BFST® (Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy) Wrap is designed to promote blood flow in torn ligament below the dermal (fat and skin) layer. Utilizing our patented Energy Web®, specially controlled EMR energy envelops the surrounding muscles and stimulates blood flow in the ligament deep beneath the skin. The resulting blood flow brings oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the ligament and the surrounding muscles which further accelerates the healing process.
As an FDA Registered Medical Device the BFST® wrap is suitable for use in hospital and therapeutic clinics. Because the device is completely safe for patients to use themselves, the BFST® wraps can also be used by the patients at home. Home use reduces in-clinic medical costs and further speeds up healing times.
The Energy Web® of the BFST® knee device is enclosed in a soft, comfortable neoprene wrap. The wrap shapes the energy web® to mold around the complex form of the knee to ensure that there is an even distribution of energy over the entire injured area. The wrap is opened and closed using attached velcro straps that guarantee a perfect fit. As well, the wrap and unwrap design allows for easy wrapping of a tender injured joint without having to deal with the difficulty that an MLC tear would create when slipping into or out of a 'sock like' device. After treatment, the wrap does not need to be removed.
After treatment the straps can be further tightened to provide snug support and protection for your stiff, injured knee. The device disconnects at the wrap from the power supply and controller so that the user is free to move about the treatment clinic or home when not receiving treatment while still wearing the wrap for support and comfort. The device is incredibly comfortable to wear.
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Cold compression wraps are standard medical products for the treatment of pain and inflammation. Cold and compression applied to an injured joint immediately reduces the risk of further damage from excessive swelling. This swelling can be in the muscles, ligaments, tendons, or tendon sheaths within the knee. Doctors and Therapists agree that controlling swelling is a fundamental part of reducing long term permanent damage as a result of a soft tissue injury.
The King Brand® ColdCure® Knee Wrap is a medical grade cold compression wrap designed for use in hospitals and injury therapy clinics (Home use is becoming a lot more common). The ColdCure® wrap exceeds all government and health agency regulatory requirements for cold therapy specifically for use in soft tissue injuries.
Improving on the RICE standard of injury care, ColdCure® wraps are specifically designed to operate at refrigeration (not freezer) temperatures. This eliminates the potential of skin damage during treatment associated with all freezer wraps. This improved standard is called RCCE®(Rest, Cold, Compression, Elevation). RCCE® allows for the wraps to be applied to the patient and used while not attended by a physician or clinician. This is very important given the likelihood of skin damage from alternative devices which use cold packs charged in a freezer.
The oversized cold packs in all ColdCure® wraps contain specially formulated gel with more cooling power per lb than standard wraps. This allows for longer treatment durations without having to recharge the wrap or switch cold packs. The longer treatment times and more cold power means more pain relief, better control of swelling and less handling of the torn ligament meaning less chance of reinjury. Each ColdCure® wrap comes with 3 large cold packs allowing for immediate re-use in clinical settings or the ability for extended treatment durations in the patient's home.
Like the BFST® Wraps, ColdCure® Knee wraps are enclosed in soft, comfortable neoprene wraps. The gel pack is specifically designed for the shape of the knee. We do not use one common gel pack in all our wraps - the knee is shaped very differently from any other body part and each body part deserves a custom designed pack if it's going to work the best. No other wrap in the world has specifically designed cold packs for each and every part of the body The wrap molds the cold pack around the entire knee to ensure that there is an even distribution of cooling power over the entire injured area. This product has in every way been designed to be 100% a MCL treatment device.
The wraps use RigiGel® technology so that the gel does not flow away from the injured area even when placed under pressure. Yet it is still soft and molds to the body. ColdCure® wraps are unique and of a higher quality and performance than any other wrap available. Nothing else comes even close. Again, like the BFST® wrap, the ColdCure® wrap is opened and closed using attached velcro straps that guarantee a perfect fit. The wrap and unwrap design allows for easily applying it around a tender, injured, knee without having to slip into or out of a tube shaped device.
As professional therapists and medical practitioners you know that it is in your best interest to treat your patients quickly and completely. Using regular, alternating, BFST® and ColdCure® treatments your patient will heal quickly and completely with minimal swelling and pain. This ends up in lower treatment costs, greater patient satisfaction and a reduced chance of reinjury.
Even with their superior design and performance these devices are low enough priced that they can be used by patients for in-home self treatment which also improves treatment results and patient satisfaction.
King Brand® soft tissue rehabilitation medical products are the #1 choice by top Athletic Therapists and Medical Practitioners world wide. We provide guaranteed results and customer satisfaction. Like all King Brand® products, there simply isn't a better performing option.