Cryotherapy (cold treatment) has been known since antiquity but did not begin to be applied to medicine until the 1970s.
Through vasomotor, biochemical and neuroconduction phenomena, pressurized cold produces several particularly beneficial effects in traumatology and in postoperative consequences:
- Analgesic effect: lowering the temperature locally causes a kind of anesthesia, which generates an analgesic effect (reduction of pain).
- Anti-hemorrhagic effect: the temperature and the rate of cooling of the tissues influence the vasomotor effects which, associated with the pressure, generate vasoconstriction at the origin of the drop in blood flow.
- Muscle relaxant effect: following the application of cold, medullary reflex pathways produce a strong inhibition of gamma motor neurons and consequently a significant reduction in muscle tone; this has the effect of stimulating the healing of muscles and tissues.
- Anti-inflammatory effect: pressurized cold reduces metabolic activity by generating a strong decrease in the enzymes responsible for inflammation and their activity. Postoperatively, the role of the inflammatory reaction is to remove “waste” from the body. It is therefore not a question of preventing it but on the contrary of promoting it. For an operated knee, for example, the inflammatory reaction is accompanied by side effects: edema, redness and heat. Applying cold will reduce the swelling and lower the temperature. The inflammatory reaction can then continue, and help eliminate waste resulting from the intervention, thus promoting recovery.
The combination of these effects allows our splints to be an essential tool for faster recovery with easier and less painful rehabilitation.
Indeed, the splints ICENOV and EXCELL'ICE combine the advantages of restraint and cryotherapy, making it an essential ally to support and improve patient recovery. Many centers specializing in sports or prosthetic surgery have thus incorporated them into their postoperative care (RAAC, RRAC, RAC, etc.).
They consist of an immobilization splint and an inflatable cold pack system by means of a manual pump. The compression obtained makes it possible to multiply the penetration of the cold, in depth, into the tissues and optimally match the anatomy of the treated limb. The ICENOV and EXCELL'ICE splints are therefore particularly effective in providing both an analgesic effect, reducing inflammation and edema, while helping to reduce hematomas. They are thus an extremely effective aid to rehabilitation and can be used both in postoperative RRAC, RAAC, RAC or Rapid Recovery protocols ... as well as for the management of pain felt during the occurrence of sprains (RICE protocol), tendonitis, muscle strains or pain ...
In order to facilitate the use in healthcare establishments or at home, 2 sets of cold packs are provided. A lycra jersey (hypoallergenic and comfortable fabric) completes the pack in order to effectively protect the skin. Cold packs require a minimum of 8 hours in the freezer (-18 ° C) to be at the right temperature. They remain flexible in order to optimally fit the treated joint. Their specific coating does not frost, to avoid any risk of skin burns.
Explanatory videos are included in the presentations of each of our splints.