I have always liked the disposable glove method. You fill the glove with water, tie it shut, and freeze it. The hand shape is perfect.
4/7/2013 10:29:57 PM
I suffer from chrondromalacia patella, a frequent cause of anterior knee pain The slushy ice pack is the " coolest " thing :-) I have used all sorts of manufactured ice packs and home made bags of ice chunks/crushed ice you name it I have tried it . I have had therapy & my therapist sold me an expensive reusable Elasto - Gel wrap. it is nice & offers some compression & cooling effect simultaneously but the slushy beats it hands down . A word of caution though , IT GETS EXTREMELY COLD 15 TO 20 MINUTES MAXIMUM . Use it safely & wisely , the first one I made I got the ratio wrong & mixed it 2 to 1 instead of 3 to 1 ( 1 part alcohol 3 parts water ) it froze like it was supposed to but it was so cold the bag started forming frost on the outside . it was cold. I added water & it works great . I am also doing low impact aerobic exercise to loose weight & strengthen my legs it helps me manage my knee pain as well. this is a great website ,thanks to all for their input it helps many people live a healthy life.
I got a great tip from my mom's physical therapist which I used when I had sprained my ankle: Soak kitchen towels in water and freeze them. When you get them out, they are frozen, but still flexible enough to be wrapped around the area any time you want. I was able to cool the entire ankle all the way around, which was impossible with an ice pack. Best of all, there was no waste, and nothing to buy.
After knee surgery, while I was recouping and unable to work, I would pass time at the cinema. I found a seat with a railing in front that I could prop my leg on and the concession stand was always nice about filling my gallon ziplock bags with ice.
Thank-you for the article, it was a nice review. I think that there are a few ways that people deal with cold or heat. Some say ice for the first 24 hours & then heat. Heat will not reduce any inflammation but it will help the muscles involved in the injury to relax. Heat will also dilate (make bigger) the blood vessels in the injured area & thus will help decrease swelling. Personally, I'm heat intolerant so please GIVE ME LOTS OF ICE!!! I've been told I need to have both my knees replaced due to severe osteoarthritis & I injured my spine in several places. When i've overdone, I grab what I need out of my assortment of gel packs, & ice myself down. Even when I'm having severe muscle spasm I still want ice as once the painful area is numb from the ice the pain level lowers. Along with the ice, elevate the injured area as it will help reduce swelling.
I also like to use unopened bags of rice which I place in the freezer ahead of time, or if you are looking for something to be a hot OR cold pack, a clean athletic sock, filled with rice & tied closed. Freeze to make into a cold pack, microwave for 1 minute to use as a hot pack- awesome.
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