Minor head injuries are not uncommon for both athletes and non-athletes. Most people at one point or another have experienced a bump on the head that has caused pain. In many cases, a minor head injury can be treated at home, but it is always wise to consult a physician if there is concern about a more severe injury.
Some of the typical causes of minor head injuries include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Motor vehicle collisions
- Sports injuries
- Being hit by an object in motion
- Bumping the head on a stationary object
Recovering from a head injury includes steps such as resting, applying a cold pack, bandaging cuts as necessary, and possibly taking pain medication. When employing cold therapy there are multiple methods to consider.
Hands-Free Options for Recovering from Head Injury
Nobody wants to sit still for 20 minutes and hold an ice pack on their head, even if it will help reduce pain and swelling. Most people, especially younger patients, get bored after five minutes and stop the treatment. Although the pain might have subsided and the surface of the skin feels cold, it’s important to continue cold therapy for the recommended duration of time in order to receive the full benefits.
Employing a hands-free treatment approach can help ensure that cold therapy treatment protocols are followed when recovering from a head injury.
Cold Pack with a Compression Bandage
To achieve hands-free cold therapy, you can apply a compression bandage around the head to hold an ice pack in place. The benefits of this method include static compression to help reduce swelling, and longer cold therapy. The disadvantages include difficulty wrapping the bandage around the head so that the ice pack stays firmly in place. Another drawback of this method is that the ice pack will absorb the heat from your head and gradually get warmer throughout the treatment session. As the ice pack warms, it becomes less effective.
Game Ready Cryo Cap
Game Ready has made it possible to achieve hands-free treatment of a head injury without the drawbacks of an ice pack secured with a compression bandage. By using innovative ACCEL technology, the Game Ready Cryo Cap delivers consistent cold and controlled compression in an easy-to-use, hands-free cap that can adjust to fit any head size.The cap has two integrated chambers to circulate cold water and pneumatic air at the same time. As the water flows through the cap and back into an ice reservoir, the temperature remains consistent for the duration of the treatment, allowing the therapeutic cold to be more effective and last longer.
Targeted pneumatic compression allows for improved contouring, better surface contact, enhanced cooling, and optimal comfort. The cap is designed for maximum comfort, protecting the ears from cold and allowing the user to use their hands and move their body without worrying about an ice pack shifting.
Next time you incur a minor head injury, talk to your doctor or athletic trainer about using Game Ready to help speed up your recovery. Recovering from a head injury doesn’t have to be inconvenient with Game Ready’s hands-free Cryo Cap.