Getting your patients back on their feet and actively participating in life as fast as possible after musculoskeletal injuries or surgery is an important part of your role as their physical therapist or surgeon. While the traditional RICE regimen is widely accepted for treating injury and helping with post-surgery rehabilitation, you undoubtedly know that many patients struggle to comply with the Ice and Compression parts of the regimen. Simple circulating water therapy is messy, inconvenient and lacking in good temperature control. Ice packs are not well designed for the body's anatomical differences and can even burn soft tissue if they are too cold.
If you’re physically active, you’ve probably experienced at least one injury that required you to follow what is known as the RICE regimen – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. It’s not an easy program to follow, mainly due to the second and third parts of the regimen, ice and compression. Because RICE is difficult to maintain over time, sometimes people trying to recover use just a simple ice water therapy system to reduce the swelling and pain caused by a soft tissue or musculoskeletal injury. But ice water therapy isn’t good enough; compression is very important as well. Fortunately, there’s a NASA-grade option that offers both treatments in one simple and reliable system.