Compression Therapy with Cold or Heat Post Orthopaedic Surgery

Cold compression is a combination of cryotherapy and intermittent pneumatic compression, and is a great modality for the treatment of pain and inflammation after surgical procedures.

The benefit of cold: The primary reasons for using cryotherapy in acute surgical management is to reduce pain, swelling and tissue metabolism.

  1. Pain – Stimulating cold receptors can reduce pain nerve conduction.
  2. Swelling – The swelling associated with the inflammatory response causes a pressure increase in the tissue and this leads to the area becoming more painful.  Although blood still flows into the area, the amount of swelling is significantly less when cold therapy is applied.

The benefit of compression:  Pneumatic compression applied to the limb also prevents oedema formation and venous stasis in a similar way that commonly prescribed compression stockings do.

Impact on rehabilitation: By reducing pain temporarily through the mechanisms explained above, it can be easier to participate in your physiotherapy program. For permanent pain relief, strength and mobilisation, its important to follow your physio rehab program and cryo-compression therapy can facilitate this.

By limiting oedema, more movement in the muscle can occur reducing loss of function and strength post-operatively.

The benefit of thermo or heat therapy: In the later stages of recovery thermotherapy improves blood flow which encourages tissue healing.


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The benefits of the CTC-7:

Our unit consists of a selection of wrap-around cold compression cuffs and a microprocessor controlled pump unit.

The unit provides safe and monitored therapy preventing the risk of skin burn from devices which use ice.

Overwhelming feedback has been the compact size and weight of our device, the convenience of filling with bottled water, and its ease of use. Find out about our service model by clicking here and going to the drop-down information.