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Cryotherapy and Intermittent Pneumatic Compression for Soft Tissue Trauma

cryotherapy-intermitten-pneumatic-compression-whitepaperSoft tissue trauma initiates an inflammatory response that increases the local tissue temperature. Protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation (PRICE) therapy is a widely accepted approach to treatment of soft tissue trauma, which modifies the inflammatory response. Research findings have confirmed the benefits of cryotherapy and static external compression, but the use of intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) is a relatively new treatment for soft tissue trauma. This report discusses the potential value of combining cryotherapy with IPC for facilitation of the healing process.

 

Key points discussed in this white paper:

  • Cryotherapy and compression modify the inflammatory response to soft tissue injury
  • The therapeutic benefits of cryotherapy are enhanced by the simultaneous application of compression
  • Intermittent pneumatic compression provides a therapeutic benefit that differs from that provided by static compression

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