Cryotherapy: What Physical Therapists Should Know

By Game Ready | Oct 16, 2018

Physical therapists who routinely treat athletes may want to offer cryotherapy solutions in order to stay competitive. Athletes are more savvy than ever about their own treatments, and cryotherapy is one area where physicals therapists can try to stay ahead of the curve. Simply offering ice packs is not enough; athletes expect more from their physical therapists, and offering the latest cryotherapy solutions is one way to provide effective treatments.

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What is Cryotherapy?

By Game Ready | Jun 29, 2018

Cryotherapy is the delivery of therapeutic cold to help provide natural pain relief, , decrease swelling, and help your patients recover as quickly as possible. The classic application methods are cold packs filled with ice or gel to provide targeted cryotherapy to an injury and ice baths to treat larger areas of the body. However, as a medical professional, you have the ability to provide more advanced—and more effective—forms of cryotherapy.

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Hot and Cold Therapy: Top Recommendations from Professionals

By Game Ready | May 22, 2018

Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, or just a hard worker, you probably have suffered a physical injury. Equally likely, your healthcare provider suggested applying heat (thermotherapy) or cold (cryotherapy) to the injured area. But did they mention a combination of both could be most effective?

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A Few Quick Tips To Help You Understand Cryotherapy Benefits

By Game Ready | Apr 26, 2018

Injuries are a fact of life for athletes. Whether you are dealing with a minor injury that you can treat at home or recovering from a more significant injury or surgery, getting back to your regular routine as quickly as possible is a high priority. Depending on the type of injury you are treating, cryotherapy can be used to help reduce pain and swelling and to help you heal faster.

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The Effectiveness of Cryotherapy for Sports-Related Sprains

By Game Ready | Nov 22, 2017

A sprain is an injury that happens when one or more ligaments are stretched or torn. The severity of the injury will depend on the number of ligaments involved and whether the tear is partial or complete. In many cases, sprains do not require surgery and can be treated with a combination of rest, cryotherapy, compression, and elevation.

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Cryotherapy for Use in Athletic Training

By Game Ready | Oct 25, 2017

Athletic trainers are always looking for new tools and systems that will help athletes recover from injuries more quickly. Cryotherapy allows you to improve on traditional RICE therapy in a way that may be more convenient, more comfortable, and more effective.

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When to Use Contrast Therapy vs. Cryotherapy

By Game Ready | Aug 16, 2017

When patients come to you with minor sports injuries or back pain, the conventional approach is usually  to prescribe RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and possibly medication when the pain and swelling are most severe. While this treatment is effective, offering cryotherapy or contrast therapy allows you to provide a more effective treatment and also sends the message that you are staying on the cutting edge in your field.

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Using Cryotherapy in Physical Therapy For Dance Injuries

By Game Ready | Aug 09, 2017

Dancers suffer injuries as often as other athletes. One study showed that more than 80 percent of dance injuries were related to overuse, especially in the case of classical ballet.

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FAQ: Cryotherapy for Back Injury Recovery

By Game Ready | Jul 26, 2017

Back injuries are very common for many types of people. Athletes can overstretch and pull a muscle while playing a game, and anybody can suffer from back strain just by doing everyday activities like gardening, cleaning, or lifting an object. When this painful situation does occur, you want back injury recovery to go as quickly as possible. Fortunately, cryotherapy can help.

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4 Tips for Using Cryotherapy to Recover From Prior Injuries

By Game Ready | Jul 05, 2017

Cryotherapy is the use of therapeutic cold to treat injuries by relieving pain, reducing swelling, and accelerating the healing process. This treatment method can be delivered in multiple ways, including traditional ice packs, gel packs, ice baths, and cold therapy devices that also employ active compression.   

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