I know some of you have read the athletic medicine blog post link Scott shared:
After our discussion this summer and reading that blog post I have evaluated why I was applying some sort of cryotherapy to patients.
It used to be the turkey in the oven theory, it’s what I have always done. While tossing things around in my brain it hit me…. the game ready, a machine I used religiously when I personally had bilateral MCL sprains( a freak hockey incident) is a contradiction. Please correct me if I am wrong, but it was created to help move swelling out of a joint into a larger body mass to be reabsorbed. I understand what the inventors were thinking… cryotherapy= decrease in swelling, and compression= decrease in swelling through movement to promote reabsorbtion. The flaw that I noticed was cryotherapy constricts the blood vessels and lymph system, thus the swelling has no way to move. I do believe there are some situation that ice and compression are a great modality together but not in the use of reabsorbtion. Just a thought I wanted to share and to see if I was right or wrong.