Hamstring strain

This imminently preventable injury is felt as a sudden sharp pain at the back of the thigh. A hamstring sprain is remedied by cold therapy with a compression wrap applied ASAP for 10-15 minutes every hour for the first day. After this, every 2-3 hours is usually sufficient. Use our bernie bag with the hot/cold pouch and our elastic bandage wrap for optimal results.

Shin splints

Also known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), shin splints occur when the tendons inside the shin bone swell from overuse. It’s the least comfortable of the injuries this writer has experienced. It feels like hitting your funny bone with your other funny bone. It’s a common ailment to affect folks just breaking into running, but don’t let it discourage you. Doctors recommend giving it 4-6 days to heal before returning to running, but if you continue running, wrap your leg first with an elastic bandage wrap for a few weeks.

Ankle sprain

This common injury typically occurs when the ankle rolls inwards, damaging the ligaments on the outside of the ankle, but the inverse will also occur on occasion. This ailment can be treated with R.I.C.E.: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Similar to the hamstring strain, this type of sprain is remedied by cold therapy with a compression wrap applied. It is once again recommended that you use our bernie bag with the hot/cold pouch and our elastic bandage wrap for optimal results.

ACL tear

The torn ACL, or “anterior cruciate ligament”, is a common occurrence in sports that require quick-turning, such as soccer or football. Sadly, unlike the sports injuries above, this one is going to require professional help, but the first 72 hours require P.R.I.C.E. and the aforementioned bernie bag with the hot/cold pouch and elastic bandage wrap combo.

Groin pull

This tear to the abductor muscle creates pain between the belly and inner thigh that ranges from somewhat tolerable to excruciating. In the first 72 hours, use the AT Surgical patented combo of the bernie bag with the hot/cold pouch and elastic bandage wrap.

Tennis elbow (epicondylitis)

Tennis elbow can happen immediately, but unlike the other injuries listed here, it can also happen over time as a result of the tendon of the wrist extensor muscle becoming inflamed and eventually degenerated from the movement of tendons where they attach to the elbow. Treatment is a breeze with a counterforce brace, which pulls the tendons away from the elbow to prevent further inflammation. Use the R.I.C.E. method for a winning combo.

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