Cold therapy is commonly used after orthopedic surgeries and is especially helpful in the recovery of post-operative ACL repair patients. Cold therapy reduces swelling and therefore, relieves the patient’s pain better and more effectively than pain medicine alone. The lack of swelling to the surgical area actually accelerates the body’s natural healing process.
Cold therapy has come a long way since messy bags of ice or frozen peas. Patients can put ice in a bag or buy that bag of frozen peas, but there are better and safer options. Bags of ice are messy and patients risk the chance of infection to the wound area. The IsoComforter cold therapy system produces virtually no condensation, keeping the wound clean and dry. The IsoComforter cold therapy systems uses ice water circulated through a sterile or non-sterile pad that wraps around the entire knee. This innovative and patented Iso-tube uni-flow design is the most effective way to deliver cold therapy to the entire knee and continuously circulate cold water for targeted therapy.
Studies have shown that patients using cold therapy systems are more likely to follow their rehabilitation regiment because of the ease and convenience that the cold therapy system provides. The use of cold therapy has also been shown to reduce the amount of post-surgical physical therapy visits needed by some patients. What this means for the patient is lower medical bills, less pain, and a quicker recovery.
With the recent advances in physical therapy and rehabilitation for patients after orthopedic surgery, there are now many things doctors can prescribe to help the patient HEAL faster and with less pain. ACL injuries are common in adults and are caused by trauma to the area. Once a patient has been diagnosed with an ACL injury and surgery has been scheduled, that’s the time doctors and patients need to discuss physical therapy and rehabilitation options. What the patient and doctor decide will be based on several factors:
1. How severe is the injury and what surgery will be performed?
2. What type of physical therapy will the patient be able to tolerate and what will the schedule be?
3. Will cold therapy be provided by your physical therapist and will it be prescribed for you at home?
Patients want faster relief with less pain medication. Although pain medication is helpful to most patients after surgery, it does pose certain risks. Patients don’t want to become dependent on pain medication, they want faster relief and the ability get back to their normal lives without the dependence of pain medications. Cold therapy has proven to be the safest, most efficient form of non-medicine pain relief.
IsoComforter cold therapy is easy to use. The IsoComforter CryoTech 100™ cold therapy unit is designed to avoid any operational confusion and handling. The integrated design of a self-priming pump allows the patient to add the appropriate ice and water in accordance to the instructions and just plug in the wall adapter to start the recirculation process. The Cryotech 100™ can be used above and below the wounded area without having to manually pump or prime using elevation. IsoComforter recognizes that patients are in some degree of discomfort and we strive to make the recovery process as comfortable and short as possible.