Facilitating faster surgery recovery is not only in the best interest of the patient, but it is also beneficial to surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, and all of the other professionals involved in the rehabilitation process. Hospitals benefit from shorter patient stays, doctors and physical therapists receive more referrals after a positive surgical experience, and a recovery with fewer pain medications poses less risk to the entire system.
Tennis elbow results from overuse of muscles in the forearm and hand. Although the injury is common in tennis players, it is not exclusive to them. Anybody can get tennis elbow when the muscles and tendons surrounding the joint become torn or ruptured.
Upper extremity injuries can happen to anybody, but they are most commonly related to falling onto an outstretched hand. Athletes and professionals who do repetitive motions with their hands and wrists are also at higher risk of these types of injuries.Read More >
Although modern medicine has come a long way, complications during or after surgery are not uncommon. However, even the most minor complications should be addressed to ensure that you heal properly and completely.
If you are planning an upper extremity surgery to the hand, wrist, arm, or shoulder, a speedy recovery is probably one of your top priorities. Not being able to use an upper extremity can be very inconvenient, especially if you live alone or if your work requires the use of your injured arm.
Cryotherapy is commonly used after ACL or MCL surgery to speed up the recovery process and to help reduce pain and swelling. Your body's natural response after knee surgery is inflammation, which is both uncomfortable and impedes healing. Cryotherapy can help control the effects of inflammation so you can get back on your feet faster and with less pain.Although
Cold Therapy Systems: How They WorkThere are two primary problems with ice packs: they get warmer as the injury transfers heat, and for most injuries it is difficult to completely cover the affected area. Cold therapy systems provide solutions for both of these problems.
- Active Temperature Exchange (ATX) Technology
A static ice pack will start at the right therapeutic temperature, but it won't stay that way for long. To combat this problem, ATX technology continually circulates cold water through an ice reservoir to provide consistent cooling. As the injury warms the water that flows through the system, colder water is brought in to replace it. This constant flow of cold water means that the cold source stays at a consistent therapeutic temperature throughout the session.
- Cold therapy wraps
If you have ever tried to apply an ice pack to a sprained ankle, you know how difficult it is to cover the entire area. Even the most flexible gel pack won't completely surround your ankle, wrist, elbow, knee, or back. Cold therapy wraps with integrated ATX technology are designed to solve this problem. In contrast to gel packs, cold therapy wraps cover more surface area, conform to your body, and provide cold therapy for the entire joint. Cold therapy systems use specialized wraps that are designed for each specific body part. This means that you can select a wrap that specifically treats the injury you have.
A wrap integrated with ATX technology has chambers that allow cold water to flow through. The wrap is connected to an ice reservoir that enables constant cooling. In addition to ATX technology, cold therapy wraps can also employ active pneumatic compression, further enhancing the benefits of cryotherapy and improving fluid circulation in the area.
Game Ready provides innovative cold therapy systems that are proven to be more effective than ice or cooling gel packs. Because the temperature remains constant during the entire application, the therapeutic cold is allowed to penetrate deeper and last longer, helping your body accelerate the healing process. This means less pain and faster recovery for you. Contact Game Ready today to learn how to rent or buy your own cold therapy system.
What challenges have you faced when using ice or gel packs?
Four Ways Cold Therapy Systems Accelerate Healing
When your body is healing, one of its natural responses is inflammation. Although inflammation serves an important function, too much of it can actually slow down the healing process and cause excess fluid, or edema, to build up. In addition to inflammation, your body will generate new tissue to replace the damaged skin, blood vessels, muscle, and other cells. Again, this is an important part of healing, but too much tissue regeneration can be problematic.
Cold therapy systems can help speed up the healing process by providing the following benefits:
Although many athletes and patients believe that ice water therapy is sufficient, cold therapy systems provide many more important benefits.
Six Benefits to Cold Therapy SystemsCryotherapy is a time-tested method for reducing pain, swelling, and edema. Although ice has been the primary cold source for years, cold therapy systems are rapidly becoming the method of choice for doctors, trainers, and surgeons because they offer so many benefits:
- Consistent therapeutic temperature - A constant exchange of cold water with warmer water ensures that the injury site receives the same cold temperature for the duration of the therapy session.
- Deeper cold - Consistent cooling allows the therapeutic cold to penetrate deeper, which means that more of your recovering tissue will benefit from less swelling, pain, and edema.
- Longer lasting cold - A deeper, consistent cooling effect lasts longer after the therapy session has been completed so you will continue to benefit from cryotherapy even after the application of cold has stopped.
- Better coverage - Specialized wraps can cover more surface area than a simple ice pack. Wraps that conform to your body and have more uniform contact allow the therapeutic cold to reach all the damaged tissue in the injured area.
- Less pain - Better coverage and more effective cold therapy means less pain during the recovery process. This not only helps improve your quality of life, but will also allow you to benefit more from physical therapy.
- Faster recovery - All of these factors combine to provide quicker healing and faster recovery from injuries or surgery. The faster you can recover, the more quickly you can get back to normal life, which is perhaps the greatest benefit of all.
Unlike ice water or gel packs, cold therapy systems cover more area and cool at a consistent temperature to provide a deeper, longer-lasting therapeutic effect. If you need cryotherapy, make sure you get the most from it with cold therapy systems.
Game Ready provides cold therapy systems for all types of injuries and surgical recoveries. We also have a new specialized amputee wrap for below-the-knee amputations. Whether you have a sports injury or are recovering from surgery, active cold and compression can help you get back on your feet more quickly. Download our free whitepaper to learn more about Cryotherapy.