What is Cold Therapy?
Cold therapy is the use of ice or cold to reduce pain, inflammation, swelling and spasm from an injury or after surgery. Cold therapy can be applied with a bag of ice, an ice pack, gel pack, cold compress or by using a specialized Cold Therapy Unit.
Cold therapy is used as part of rehabilitation after knee, shoulder and ankle surgeries, such as arthroscopy, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, shoulder reconstruction or rotator cuff repair.
What does it do?
Cold therapy slows down the blood flow to an injured area. Research has proven cold therapy decreases pain, inflammation, swelling, blood loss, and narcotic use after surgery.
What do we recommend?
After your surgery we recommend that you use cold therapy to decrease pain and to improve your recovery.
Ordering a Cold Therapy Unit
You can order your cold therapy unit with a knee, shoulder or ankle pad through our website at: www.banffsportmed.ca/shop