It was the summer of 2013 and things had taken a turn. After three days of dancing and dehydration at the Meredith Music Festival in country Victoria, I came back to Melbourne tired and dusty, only to land myself in the ER trying to get out of a chair. My knee had locked up again, and I knew this time was different. It was completely stuck, with pain so intense that it was hard to breath. I couldn’t dangle my knee, as with it being ‘locked up’, the traction was excruciating. I was totally immobile. When the ambulance came, it took 20 minutes (and lots of screaming) just to get me onto the stretcher.
Products which enhance recovery, minimise reinjury and provide psychological support for families really makes a difference to patients well-being. Speeding up recovery time, helping people return to work, reducing the costs of care and improving self-esteem doesn’t just benefit patients - it also matters to their families and treating professionals.
Take charge of your body and be proactive to ensure thorough rehabilitation. It is in your best interest to be an informed patient. Medical research has proven techniques such as music, meditation, and visualization can aid in reducing pain and complications from surgery. Alternative therapies have been used for years but only in recent times has data been analyzed for postoperative benefits.