Treating any injury with ice has been proven to help reduce the swelling and inflammation caused by a “Soft Tissue” injury. Applying an “Ice Treatment” to the injured area will help slow down the blood flow to that injured area. Another reason is that applying “Cold Treatments” to the injured area is that it will help suppress that pain and provide relief after an acute or traumatic injury. Doctors and athletic trainers have long known the benefits of applying “ice” to an injured area, but now, instead of plain ice, we have available the same penetrating cold therapy as ice but without having deal with the cold, wet mess.
When should I use a Cold Therapy Treatment?
Always follow the recommendation of your physician, but generally doctors recommend the RICE protocol (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) during the first 24-48 hours after minor injuries or medical procedures. Ice therapy that reduces the temperature of the injured tissues by 10 to 15 degrees for short, repeated periods of time also appear to have the best results.
What types of Sports Injuries can benefit from being treated with Cold Therapy?
Naming an injury, a “Sports Injury” is in the broadest sense of the phrase means an injury cause during a type of sport event. But realistically any injury to the musculoskeletal system, which includes the muscles, bones, and associated tissues like cartilage can be affected. As more and more of us are trying to life a fitter, healthier lifestyle, we sometimes overdo it a bit and as a result we may strain, pull or tear a muscle group of over extend a ligament. These can also be called sports injuries.
Fortunately, most sports injuries can be treated effectively, and most people who suffer injuries can return to a satisfying level of physical activity after an injury.
Common Types of Sports Injuries:
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Tears of the ligaments that hold joints together
- Tears of the tendons that support joints and allow them to move
- Dislocated joints
- Fractured bones, including vertebrae
Because of its complex structure and weight-bearing capacity, the Knee is the most commonly injured joint. Each at least 5 million people visit their doctors or orthopedic surgeons to remedy various knee injuries. Knee injuries can vary from a mild twist or bruising to severe damage to the knee-cap. Some of the less severe, yet still painful and functionally limiting, knee problems are:
- Runner's knee (pain or tenderness close to or under the knee cap at the front or side of the knee)
- Iliotibial band syndrome (pain on the outer side of the knee)
- Tendinitis, also called tendinosis (marked by degeneration within a tendon, usually where it joins the bone)
The benefit of applying Physicool to an injured area over ice is that while with most ice applications, you need to keep the ice package moving constantly around the injured area. Or if applying with an ace-bandage, you need to remove the ice from the injured area after about 15 minutes in order to prevent harm occurring to the injured skin tissue.
With Physicool, you simply tear open the sealed package, begin wrapping the injured area with semi-tightly, overlapping the bandage about 2/3 until you have used all of the fabric.
At the end of the bandage, there is a Velcro strap; simply wrap this one time around the bandage to keep it in place.Leave the bandage on for as long as you desire. We recommend 30 minutes to 2 hours for best results. Because Physicool works by pulling heat away from the body, you can leave it on for as long as you would like without running the risk of burning your skin. So you see, not only do you take away the possible harmful effects of skin irritation or damage by NOT using an icepack, but you can leave the bandage instilled with Physicool on the injured area for a considerable longer amount of time. Letting the bandage draw out the heat from the injured area and slowing the blood flow, thus decreasing swelling and allowing the numbing of the penetrating cold therapy to diminish the pain.