Cold treatment works best for treating an accute injury to treat pian and inflammation. When your body experiences an acute injury, whether it be a tear, pull, strain or sprain - edema (swelling) quickly sets in.
Cold therapy will help to counter the edema by slowing circulation to the applied area. This in turn helps reduce the rate which inflammation can spread throughout the initial injury and begin to reduce the swelling after more consistent usage over a few days. Cold treatment therapy works great for treating acute injuries. As soon as you injure yourself it's important to apply cold as soon as possible to the injured area. The more cold therapy you can use on the initial injury - the faster your body can begin healing.
First, it's very important to recognize that pain and swelling isn't the problem, but only the sign of the problem.
When your body experiences an acute injury, which is caused by a traumatic and sudden injury, it swells instantly and is very painful. Inflammation is part of our body's natural process to heal itself and to stop the internal bleeding. Pain is there to stop you from doing things that can make the injury worse. Pain is there to be your guide. The only reason we feel pain is so that we react to help protect our injury.
During this stage it's very important to rest your body and apply RCCE® (Rest, Cold, Compression, Elevation) for 1 to 3 days (could be longer depending on the severity of your injury) to reduce the pain and swelling. King Brand Healthcare makes a ColdCure® wrap that is excellent for this treatment. Make sure you visit your doctor, so they can diagnose the severity of your injury.
The over-sized cold packs in all ColdCure® wraps contain specially formulated gel with more cooling power per lb than standard wraps. This allows for longer treatment durations without having to recharge the gel or switch cold packs. The longer treatment times and more cold power means more pain relief, better control of swelling and less handling of the injured area. These all result in a better treatment of your injuries. Each ColdCure® wrap comes with 3 large cold packs allowing for immediate re-use in clinical settings or the ability for extended treatment durations in the patient's home.
ColdCure® wraps are enclosed in a soft, comfortable neoprene wrap. The gel packs are specifically designed for each body part. We do not use one common gel pack in all wraps - each body part is shaped very differently from any other body part and each body part deserves a custom designed pack if it's going to work the best. No other wrap in the world has specifically designed cold packs for each and every part of the body. The wrap molds the cold pack around the specific body part to ensure that there is an even distribution of cooling power over the entire injured area.