Cold therapy or "cryotherapy" is used by health care professionals to treat acute injuries of the musculoskeletal system.
Cold Therapy is intended to reduce your metabolic rate, inflammation, circulation, muscle spasms and pain.
Cold therapy cools your skin's surface and underlying tissues, which results in the narrowing of your blood vessels, a process called vasoconstriction. Vasoconstriction of your blood vessels causes a reduction in the blood volume to the site of your injury, resulting in reduced swelling. Cold-induced vasoconstriction also decreases the likelihood that your cells will die due to lack of oxygen, as cryotherapy reduces your cells' metabolic rate and oxygen requirements. It's still not entirely clear how cryotherapy helps lesson your pain, but the cold stimulus may override your pain sensation.
Ossur's Cold Rush Cold Therapy System provides an effective and soothing treatment for reducing post-operative pain and swelling. Well suited for hospital, home or portable use, the Cold Rush Cold Therapy System helps return patients to normal activity faster by providing cooling relief throughout the healing and recovery process.