Cold & Compression
Cold and compression therapy reduces pain and swelling to increase comfort and speed healing. Because of its benefits, this proven protocol is often prescribed after joint surgery along with vital prophylaxis to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
Triple Play VT makes it easy to combine the benefits of cold and compression therapy to DVT prevention at home. Its compact pump features three ports at its base. Two ports connect to calf sleeves to provide alternating, intermittent sequential compression to stimulate blood flow from your lower legs and reduce the risk of DVT. The third port can be used to simultaneously provide targeted cold and intermittent, sequential compression therapy to the surgical or injury site, using Triple Play VT’s form-fitting, re-freezable gel wraps.
Triple Play VT’s gel wraps are comfortable and supple right from the freezer. Best of all, they eliminate the need for messy water and ice. Triple Play VT wraps are available to comfortably fit ankle, knee, hip, wrist, elbow and shoulder joints.
Effective Cold & Compression
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.
Cold Therapy Pain Reduction
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.
Post-Op Swelling Reduction
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.