Cold therapy (sometimes called cryotherapy) is a natural way to control pain and swelling.
Many indications can be treated with cold therapy, including relieving rheumatism, chronic pain or promoting the absorption of oedema and recovery after sport.
Its use can be done either in the context of a patient with pain, but also in the post-traumatic phase, postoperative or as part of sports activity.
Focus on Therapy
Cold therapy works by decreasing blood flow, which minimizes the flow of fluid to traumatized tissue, reduces bleeding, and helps in the resorption of oedema. All of this leads to a faster recovery time.
This allows out-patient surgeries and can shorten hospital stays by accelerating recovery and rehabilitation. Patients come out of hospital faster and continue home icing treatment during the period of convalescence, which can be up to 90 days for a Total Knee or Hip replacement.
Cold can be used immediately after surgery, and throughout the rehabilitation. In addition, cold therapy is also used in the post-traumatic phase (sprain, muscle damage) to promote healing, as well as in the recovery phase for athletes with better oxygenation of the muscles, tissue and metabolic waste disposal created by the stress of the activity.
Using Cold Therapy
Depending on the indication, the patient's profile or the activity performed, you will find different cryotherapy products on the market such as:
- Instant cold packs
- Ankle braces with gel
- Refrigerated pads
- Portable coolers, usable in medical or physiotherapy clinics as well as at home.
Cold therapy coolers may be used in:
- Trauma - Severe sprains Post-operative phase Post-traumatic phase without or after surgery (hematomas, etc.)
- Orthopaedics - Post-operative phase (Total Knee Prosthesis, Total Hip Prosthesis, ligamentoplasty, etc.)
- Recovery in Sports - Elimination of metabolic waste linked to sports practice and for the injured, cryotherapy can treat painful areas.
DJO offers two cooler systems
IMPORTANT NOTE Pain is a sign that should not be overlooked. If the latter is pronounced and / or persists too long, it is advisable to consult a doctor.