One of the best ways to ensure that you make a speedy and full recovery after orthopedic surgery is to include cold therapy as part of your rehabilitation process. Cryotherapy ( isocomforter/knee ) is simply the application of therapeutic cold to an injury or surgical site. The positive effects of cold therapy are many and there are techniques you can employ to ensure that you get the most out of your efforts.
Cold therapy units are clinically proven to have the following benefits:
1. Pain reduction – When you apply cold to any part of your body, the nerves in that area reduce in activity, which therefore lessens the perception of pain, providing an analgesic or pain relieving effect. Cryotherapy also effects the reduction of muscular activity, which also contributes to a reduction in pain.
2. Swelling control – Swelling is a natural part of the inflammatory response that your body will go through after orthopedic surgery. Some minor swelling is normal, and in fact can be beneficial; however, too much swelling impedes the healing process and can be uncomfortable. Cryotherapy is designed to reduce the swelling by causing blood vessels to alternate between dilating and constricting, removing most of the excess waste and fluid that contributes to swelling.
3. Faster healing – These factors, together contribute to a faster healing process. The benefits of being in less pain allows you to perform the exercises that your physical therapist recommends more comfortably, and the healing effects of cryotherapy help you get back on your feet faster.
Enhancing Your Cryotherapy after Orthopedic Surgery
One way to use cryotherapy is with the use of ice packs. Although this has been an effective method for years, technology has made major strides that allow you to enhance the benefits of cryotherapy.
One of the drawbacks of ice packs is that they heat up over time and become less effective. IsoComforter cryotherapy systems use an ice reservoir and a constantly circulating flow of cold water to provide a consistent application of therapeutic cold. In combination with specialized wraps that cover the entire area around the surgical site, you benefit from deeper-penetrating, longer-lasting cryotherapy.