COLD AND COMPRESSION STUDIES
“Both intermittent compression and continuous cryotherapy are more effective in reducing post-traumatic edema than cool pack therapy. Intermittent compression showed the most significant reduction.”
“Fastest Reduction of Post-traumatic Edema: Continuous Cryotherapy or Intermittent Impulse Compression.” Stockle U et al, Foot Ankle Int 1997; 18 (7): 432-438.
“In a study evaluating cold therapy for outpatient arthroscopic ACL reconstruction patients, the pain rating of the non-cold group was always higher than the cold group; Vicodin use in the non-cold patients was also always higher than cold therapy patients.”
“Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery,” Volume 14, Issue 2, March 1998, pages 130-135.
“Compression therapy is essential to helping prevent post-op swelling during recovery. One study evaluated 48 TKA patients for one week after surgery. Lower limb swelling and pain were significantly reduced for the compression group vs. the control group.”
“Journal of Arthroplasty,” April 1999; 14 (3): 333-8.
“Dynamic intermittent compression combined with cryotherapy decreases analgesic drug requirements after ACL reconstruction and improves the postoperative recovery of range of knee motion.”
“Cryotherapy with dynamic intermittent compression for analgesia after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction,” J. Murgiera, X. Cassardb