After you suffered a musculoskeletal injury or undergone orthopedic surgery, you were probably told to use some sort of wrap to surround the affected area and deliver cold and compression treatment. You can find a whole variety of choices on the internet or the shelves of your local drugstore; but how do you know what kind of wrap is your best option?
Many people turn to professional cold compression wraps used by Olympic and professional athletes, who know what works best for quicker healing and a faster return to normal activity. Also, physicians and physical therapists are recommending this convenient and effective system to help their patients get off the couch sooner, and get rid of the pain faster.
Professional cold compression wraps available today are designed using NASA spacesuit technology to concurrently deliver both cold therapy and intermittent compression, in customized wraps designed specifically for various parts of the body.
Why is it important for you to receive both cold and compression therapy?
- Cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, is a well-established method for relieving the pain, swelling, muscle spasms and bruising caused by injury or surgery. Effective cryotherapy also can reduce or even eliminate the need for pain medication.
- Compression, especially intermittent pneumatic compression therapy, has been tested and shown to reduce swelling and optimize lymphatic drainage, which accelerates your healing process because it helps reduce edema from injured soft tissue.
Benefits of professional cold compression wraps
Don’t settle for messy ice packs or inconvenient and ineffective elastic bandages to deliver your post-injury or post-operative cold compression therapy. Consider professional cold compression wraps to make it easier to deliver the treatment you need. Here’s what to look for:
- Dual-construction – The best wraps feature two separate chambers that hold either water or air. This allows for the simultaneous delivery of adjustable fluid circulation and intermittent compression.
- Comfort– Look for form-fitting wraps that comfortably surround your affected area and are easy to clean and store.
- Adjustable settings – Some systems allow you to easily adjust pressure (for compression therapy), temperature, and treatment time, by the simple push of a few buttons or the turn of a dial. This technology makes it easier for you to stay compliant with your treatment regimen, so you heal faster and get back to your normal life sooner.
- Anatomical variety and customization – You don’t want a generic wrap or elastic sleeve designed to be used nearly anywhere on the body. These products just won’t deliver reliable and consistent cold and compression therapy. Instead, look for a system with a whole range of wraps that were specifically engineered to work all over the body. Some professional cold compression systems offer wraps for these areas:
- Half leg boot wrap
- Knee wrap
- Articulated knee wrap
- Elbow wrap
- Flexed elbow wrap
- Wrist wrap
- Hand wrap
- Hip and groin wrap
- Shoulder wrap
- Back wrap
Here’s what one patient had to say after using a professional cold compression wrap system. “I like the way it fits, unlike an ice pack. I could control the temperature. I would recommend it.” What kind of post-orthopedic surgery rehabilitation regimen have you used?