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Injury Management, Knee, Wrist, Thigh, Ankle/Foot

Major Differences Between Strains and Sprains

Posted on May 11, 2016 by Thomas Parker, MD

Most anyone with an active lifestyle has likely suffered from a hamstring strain, calf strain, ankle sprain or some other type of strain and/or sprain injury at some point. It's important to understand your particular type of injury and its healing process so that ultimately, you can learn how best to support and accelerate the healing process. In this article, we will draw a distinction between strains and sprains, providing you with a better understanding of the medical terminology and the range of injuries that might occur. [...]

Knee, Tennis

Thoughts on Body Helix from 17-time Grand Slam Winner

Posted on January 12, 2016 by Thomas Parker, MD

Mark Woodforde, nationally ranked tennis player and 17-time grand slam champion, raves about Body Helix Compression  after he sustained a thigh injury. Mark took it upon himself to shoot us a raving review of the full thigh compression sleeve. Below are his thoughts on the product. If you’re a Grand Slam winner or Grand Slam dreamer, take advantage of the benefit of compression for injury management. "I’m still prone to pull my hamstring or groin when playing. Body Helix provides enough support for tight & tired areas. And most of all a mental edge to play through those tight moments!" -Mark Woodforde   [...]


Customer Service Review

Posted on January 07, 2016 by Thomas Parker, MD

We made a mistake and sent the wrong product to Norman Gordon.  Mr. Gordon contacted us. Although we wish we had not made the mistake, we were delighted to receive the following note:  [...]

Knee, Tennis

Compression Knee Helix Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on December 28, 2015 by Thomas Parker, MD

  Aside from keeping the knee warm, what are the benefits of compression There are several studies showing the benefit of compression or support for ankle injuries that comes from improved proprioception.  Several studies have shown increased proprioception is afforded by some type of compression.  Many have found reduced pain as an added benefit of the warmth compression provides. What is the difference between the Adjustable Knee Helix and the closed Full Knee Helix? The Adjustable Knee Helix (seen below) has an opening for the patella so that there is not posterior pressure on the patella and it has Velcro tabs so that you can adjust the compression from slight to moderate. The Full Knee Helix does not have the patellar window and is a full sleeve that slides on and provides uniform compression to the entire knee and surrounding areas.    You suggest keeping the wrap on for 1-2 hours after play. How do you ice, shower, hot tub? There is no particular reason the Helix could not be removed immediately.  I personally wear the Elbow Helix for elbow pain while playing and take it off when I leave the court, laundering shortly after. Remember all our products are machine washable. Your return and/or exchange policy states that the product must be returned new within 7 days. If conditions occur that prevent a player from testing your product, such as rain in that 7 day period, what then? We are glad to accept returns up to 30 days as long as the product is in “Like new” condition. You can find our complete return policy here.  We encourage you to try the product and welcome feedback. [...]


An In-Depth Look Into Patella Tendonitis

Posted on October 28, 2014 by Thomas Parker, MD

“-itis” means inflammation, so tendonitis means inflammation of a tendon. Patellar tendonitis refers to the body’s normal inflammatory response when excessive stretch or repetitive use, or both, damage tissues.  Patella tendonitis is also known as “Jumper’s Knee” since it is seen most commonly in sports involving jumping (basketball, volleyball) but is also seen in sports requiring frequent direction change (soccer, tennis). [...]


Which One Should You Choose?

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Thomas Parker, MD

Selection of the correct Helix will maximize the benefits of compression The Full Knee Helix is the preferred Helix if you have suffered any major knee trauma or have had knee surgery of any type, (arthroscopic of open surgical procedure).  The Full Knee Helix provides comfortable and uniform compression to the entire knee.  So if there has been injury to any of the ligaments, menisci or tendons, all will be supported. There is also support for the distal thigh and proximal leg muscles and tendons.  Patients with degenerative or osteoarthritis of the knee report benefit not only from the compression, but also from the comfort of warmth.  Athletes of every age, sport and skill level wear the Full Knee Helix. The Full Knee Helix is not advised while playing sand volleyball.  [...]

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