injuries cold compressionCold compression therapy is commonly used for several different applications. Any injury that results in pain and inflammation can benefit from the combination of cold and compression to help reduce swelling and speed up the healing process. 

The best way to get the most out of cold and compression is with specialized wraps that are designed to provide pneumatic compression and constant temperature to the injured area. 

1.  Cold Compression Wraps for Sports Injuries

Athletic injuries can result from overuse or trauma. In either case, proper healing is essential before returning to high-level athletic activity. Active cold compression therapy can be used in conjunction with physical therapy to help return joints and muscles to their normal function.

Depending on the type of injury you have, you might use a wrap to recover from strains, tears, or breaks in any one of the following areas:

  • Shoulder

  • Elbow

  • Wrist

  • Hand

  • Back

  • Hip 

  • Groin

  • Knee

  • Ankle

  • Clavicle

Other athletic injuries that can benefit from cold compression therapy include bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and a torn or ruptured Achilles tendon.

2.  Cold Compression Wraps for Surgery Recovery

Recovering from surgery can be a long and difficult process without proper preparation. In addition to a sensible medication strategy, cold compression therapy can help reduce pain after surgery. Active compression helps remove excess fluids to reduce swelling. It also brings nutrient-rich blood to the surgery site to help the healing process go faster. Cold therapy also contributes to less pain and swelling, while keeping healthy tissue alive and preventing secondary tissue growth.

Some of the most common applications for cold compression wraps with surgery recovery include:

  • Knee replacement

  • ACL repair

  • Meniscus repair

  • Back surgery

  • Rotator cuff repair

  • Shoulder replacement

  • Tendon repair

Because they are so easy to put on and remove, specialized wraps are a much better post-surgical solution than other alternatives, especially if the majority of the recovery time will be spent at home.

3.  Cold Compression Wraps for Amputees

After surgery, amputation sites are often swollen and painful, which can be reduced with below-the-knee cold compression wraps. In addition to making the amputation recoveryprocess more manageable, cold compression also helps reduce the amount of time required between surgery and prosthetic fitting by accelerating the time it takes for the residual limb to reach its new size and shape. Look for a wrap that can be used in conjunction with prosthetic shrinker sleeves.

Game Ready cold compression wraps use patented technology to provide active compression that simultaneously pumps away edema while constantly flowing cold water provides consistent, deeper cooling. Talk to your doctor about using Game Ready for your sports injury, surgery recovery, or amputation rehabilitation. You can also contact us to rent a system or learn more about how cold compression therapy works.

Have you ever had an injury that could have benefited from cold compression therapy?


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