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Knee Ice Pack

Ice pack, a form of cold therapy, is very useful for knee injuries and similar problems. They are commonly used among many people, whether it is used by the young athletes that incur such injuries from their active involvement in sports or the elderly that suffer from problems because of their old age.

The four stages of cold therapy are as follows; a cooling sensation which lasts for several minutes followed by a dull achy sensation which will last for several minutes and then a sharp burning sensation which will last from 15 to 45 seconds; and finally complete numbness or analgesia. Cold therapy should always be continued to the point of complete numbness because when an injured joint is cooled to the point of numbness, slow easy movement of the knee joint through a full pain-free range of motion will help reduce inflammation and limit the loss of joint mobility.

These cold packs are useful for first aid treatment in the home. It can help relieve pain, swelling and stiffness. It is very useful for athletics injuries, tendonitis, after surgery, sprains, sore joints and muscles and it comes in handy after a long day of workout at the treadmill. It can also help ease the joints that are hot and inflamed.

For D.I.Y self-treatment, simply use an elastic bandage or neoprene sleeve that can be bought at a pharmacy and sporting goods store and some ice and then wrap around the joints. However, if you are afraid of the drippy mess caused by condensation, store bought ones can come in pretty handy as it is more convenient. There is a wide range available and these store bought ice packs are convenient and user-friendly. They are portable and easy to store for first aid treatment during hiking, camping and sports activities. You can just keep them in your freezer for your everyday aches and pains, sports injuries and muscle pulls and you can reuse them again and again. However, they have to be stored in the freezer as it will dry up or get out if it is left out in the open for too long. They are also flexible and comfortable as it fits nicely into the contours of your joints, thus it does not hinder your limb movements. For both cold and hot therapy, you can use such cold packs as it can be used for both cold and hot therapy. For cold therapy, a wide mouthed wrap is filled with a mix of ice and water. Secure a wrap over it, apply to the injured joints and then wrap it around for firm compression. Alternatively for hot therapy, just fill it with hot water and apply it to the joint concerned. This helps relieve tight and sore muscles.

However, some precautions have to be taken when using such cold packs. They should not be worn while sleeping and it is not recommended for those with circulatory problems and/or diabetes.
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