Inflammation first thing in the morning, unrelenting stiffness, difficulty standing up or opening a jar- if you live with any type of arthritis you’ll recognize these symptoms immediately. Unfortunately, joints aren’t exactly like cheese or fine wine; they do not get better with age. Whether in the hip, knee, thumb, ankle, hand, or elbow, arthritis can make daily life unbearable, and while modern medicine has developed outstanding treatments to limit the need for surgery, you might find that surgery is your only option to finally find relief from your joint pain.
The key to successful joint surgery lies in the recovery process. If you fail to move your joint tissue around after surgery, scar tissue will form and joint stiffness will limit your range of motion immediately. CPM, or Continuous Passive Motion, is a popular orthopedic therapy tool that gradually extends the affected joint to the limits of its range of motion. This movement helps pump blood and fluid away from the joint to maintain soft tissue and prevent swelling. After proper CPM use, the joint can return to an optimal range of movement.
If you’re interested in utilizing CPM for your joint surgery, you’ll also want to choose your CPM Patient Kit, a soft pad system used on the CPM machine that cushions the affected joint while keeping you comfortable and helping the joint remain compliant. Luckily, even if the surgery bills aren’t friendly to your wallet, the CPM pads typically only cost about $25. Many are adjustable to a variety of machines and versatile enough to add padding to areas that become uncomfortable in the process. Plus, quality materials and extra padding ensure that you’ll be as relaxed as possible during your recovery time.
Chances are you’re not exactly looking forward to joint surgery the same way you’d anticipate an exotic vacation, but CPM machines and pads are at least here to make your journey through recovery much simpler—and bring you one step closer to enjoying that exotic vacation pain-free!