Why do I need cold therapy?
Two of the most unpleasant side effects of orthopedic trauma or surgery are pain and swelling. These conditions affect the healing process and can lead to longer rehabilitation times. Cold therapy is widely recognized as one of the most effective treatment methods to combat these issues. By using cold therapy you are taking an important step in speeding up the recovery process, getting you back to the pain-free life you deserve.
How does cold therapy work?
Cold therapy is effective for a variety of reasons. First, it decreases fluid build up (swelling) in the injured body part. Second, it slows the release of chemicals that cause pain and inflammation. Third, cold decreases pain by reducing the ability of the nerve endings to conduct impulses. And lastly, it aids in pain relief by limiting the muscle’s ability to maintain contraction, thus reducing muscle spasm. Because of these benefits, cold therapy is generally prescribed throughout the duration of your rehabilitation.