Cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, is often used to reduce soreness and pain. It works by applying cold (such as ice) to the area of injury. Not only does cold therapy help reduce pain, but it also decreases swelling and promotes healing.
There are many ways you can apply cold to your injury. Here are some of the most common ways:
- Ice – You can simply put ice in a bag and apply it to the area of injury. This is the easiest method because ice is readily available, but you can’t control the temperature and the cold doesn’t last very long.
- Cold packs – Cold packs are similar to ice, but they are reusable. Simply put the cold pack in the freezer and pull it out when you need to use it. Sports medicine first aid kits often have temporary cold packs which are one-time use.
- Cryo/Cuff – Aircast makes Cryo/Cuff products designed for specific areas of your body to provide long-lasting and temperature-controlled cold therapy pain relief.
Speak with your doctor to see if cold therapy is an appropriate method of treatment for your injury. You can also check out our selection of cold therapy products and find ways to apply cryotherapy to your knee, ankle, foot, back, neck and more!