ACL reconstruction recovery: continuous cold therapy or ice?

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Created On: 04/17/2018 10:26 AM

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 06/26/2018 02:31 PM

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klewis18

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I have a DonJoy IceMan CLEAR3 cold therapy unit for sale at a reduced price that is extremely helpful in reducing pain and swelling post knee surgery. Please feel free to contact me for any further questions on how to purchase. 

 

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I'm 4 days post ACL reconstruction surgery. I used a Continuous Cold Therapy System (Ossur Cold Rush) for the first 3 days...including at night. Then I had my first post-surgery PT appointment.  There, the therapist said that it is important for the muscles to contract back and forth, through the ice-on and ice-off pattern. 

I had read through various studies that I found online, that continuous cold therapy, where the temperature is "very cold water" versus ice, is better than a 15 minute/hour ice pack.   This is because the nerve endings are not damaged as they are through ice application.

Anyway, my PT is telling me to stop using my new $150 system, and to go to doing the ice pack regimen.   Anyone have any experience or input about this??  Thank you!

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