The application of cold or cryotherapy following an acute injury (or post-surgery) is used to reduce the physiological responses to tissue damage – bleeding, an inflammatory response, and muscle cell activity. The local application of cold provides these effects that help reduce these physiological responses and protect tissues:
It is recommended that ice/cold be applied to an injury as soon as possible after the traumatic event with studies showing that the sooner cryotherapy is applied, the more beneficial the inhibitory effect on the physiological responses. The immersion of an extremity that has sustained a small burn in cool water or the application of a towel emersed in cold water and applied to the burned body part is also helpful in reducing the tissue degradation while providing a analgesic effect.
Cold therapy has also been used effectively on chronic painful conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, adhesive capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder), and even tendinitis and epicondylitis.
Contraindications or Precautions to the Use of Cryotherapy
General Use Guidelines for Cryotherapy
1-Intensity of Cryotherapy
2- Duration of Cryotherapy Application
3- Frequency of Cryotherapy:
Can be repeated up to several times per day, but the use of cryotherapy after 24 to 48 hours may negatively impact healing due to vasoconstriction effects and reduced oxygen delivery to the injured site
Different Application Devices for Cryotherapy
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