Wrist sprains are not only painful, they can be extremely inconvenient because we use our hands and wrists so much for daily activities and work. For athletes, a wrist sprain can be even more devastating, which is why it is so important to heal as quickly as possible from this unfortunate injury.
Cold and compression therapy is a proven method for decreasing recovery time after a wrist sprain.
What is Cold and Compression Therapy?
Most people know the traditional treatment for a wrist sprain: RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). But what you might not know is that there is a way to enhance this time-tested treatment method with active cold and compression.
When an ice pack is applied to an injury, your body heat is transferred to the cold source. While this is the main purpose of the therapy, it causes the ice pack to warm up and become less effective. The solution is an active cold therapy system that continually replenishes the cold source to maintain a constant temperature.
Compression therapy is also a proven method for controlling swelling and edema. However, a static compression bandage can only do so much. Active compression creates a pumping effect that is similar to what the body naturally does, but it enhances the effect for better circulation of fluids.
Why You Should Use Cold and Compression Therapy for a Sprained Wrist
There are several benefits to using cold and compression therapy for a wrist sprain, especially if you want to recover as quickly as possible:
- Less pain - The application of cold helps to temporarily numb nerve endings, so you will feel less pain as your body continues to heal. Cold also helps reduce swelling, which can contribute to additional pain.
- Less swelling - Both cold and active compression are proven to reduce swelling and limit the buildup of excess fluid, or edema.
- Faster healing - The less swelling you experience, the better your body is able to heal itself naturally. By limiting secondary tissue and pumping freshly oxygenated blood to the injured area, you help speed up the healing process.
Cold and compression therapy is not just for athletes. Anybody can sprain a wrist by falling or receiving a blow to the area. When a wrist sprain does happen, you can accelerate healing and return to normal activity faster with active cold and compression.
If you are interested in learning more about cold and compression therapy, or if you are currently recovering from a sprained wrist, find a Game Ready provider near you today.
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