Ice Therapy Safety

Ice pack, which is a form of cold therapy – is absolutely wonderful for relieving the pain of injured knees. However, there are some safety precautions that anyone using cold therapy should know and be aware of.

There are four stages to cold therapy:
1- A cooling sensation that lasts for several minutes
2- The cooling sensation will turn into a dull ache that lasts a few minutes
3- A burning sensation is the next phase and will usually last less than a minute
4- Numbness will set in.

When practicing cold therapy on an injury, the stages should be followed through to numbness because the ease of movement will return briefly and it will help reduce inflammation.

Reasons for a cold pack will vary but they can be used for injuries, when tendonitis flairs up, relief after surgery, sprains and soreness.

Never wear a cold pack when sleeping and if you are alone, have someone check on you after 15 minutes via phone or stop by if you’re using a cold pack. Prolonged exposure to extreme cold can damage tissues and slow down your healing if the treatment is overused. Also, if you suffer from any problems with circulation or are diabetic; consult your physician to make sure that cold therapy is okay for you.

Under the right circumstances, cold therapy is an easy way to get pain relief and help your body heal itself, just make sure that cold therapy is the right way to treat your injury and you’ll be back in the game in no time.