Most acute or traumatic injuries to joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments cause bleeding, swelling and pain. Applying some form of cold therapy as quickly as possible following injury can greatly assist in the reduction of swelling and pain by reducing the amount of blood flowing into the area.
Ice treatment should be commenced as soon as possible so that healing can begin. Unless the injury is very minor, cease activity and use an Ice mate to apply cold therapy and compression.
Ice and compression are also essential tools for the treatment of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and to reduce pain swelling following surgery. Using an Ice Mate is ideal for this purpose.