Applying cold and compression following soft tissue or joint injury is still the most effective pain management strategy available
Early and aggressive use of Ice and Compression remains the most effective immediate management strategy following acute injury, by reducing the amount of blood flowing into the area.
Ice and compression are also essential tools for the treatment of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and to reduce painful swelling following surgery.
The Ice Mate is a re-useable ice bag with unique compression wrap that allows any joint to be iced under compression. Made of waterproof fabric with a rubber sealed lid, it won’t leak or spill and is perfect for managing muscle strains, bruising, swelling, even headaches and hangovers!
5″ Ice bag for small areas needing cold therapy without compression. Perfect for toothaches, wrist or thumb sprains and ‘magic’ recovery for childhood knocks and bumps!
For injury or surgery to joints such as Knees, Ankles, Elbows or Shoulders, use an Ice Mate PRO. Containing two small ice packs and universal compression wrap it is perfect for applying ice evenly to all sides of the joint simultaneously.
The Ice Mate or Ice Mate PRO are essential first aid items. Always have one on hand for:
It’s easy! Fill the bag with crushed ice, place over the injured area and use the strap to secure in place. Don’t delay. Ice and compression should be applied to an injured area as soon as possible following trauma to get the healing process started. The most critical window is the first 12-24 hours. Alternate 20 minutes on, 1 hour off for at least 12 hours even if it is through the night. Continuing to use cold therapy for up to 72 hours will be beneficial.
With most soft tissue injuries, the most critical window for maximum recovery effect is the first 12-24 hours. What you do to manage the body’s response to soft-tissue trauma in this window will determine how long it takes to recover and return to play.
If that’s all you have on hand when injury occurs, go for it. Applying cold immediately after injury is a vital component in the process of reducing swelling, managing pain and allowing the healing process to begin. A bag of peas will work short term to get things started but there are better options that will improve injury recovery outcomes
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Postoperative pain, swelling, and bruising are a normal part of the recovery process following surgery and there are simple ways to manage the pain and ease your recovery. Ice packs are very effective for reducing swelling and inflammation in your knee, ankle or shoulder joint and surrounding tissue. Icing works best if you’re consistent. It’s generally recommended that you use an ice pack three to four times a day for about 20 minutes. Check with your Surgeon or Physical Therapist whether icing will assist you.