Shoulder Ice Pack for Recovery from Injury and Surgery
This shoulder ice pack wrap simplifies what would otherwise be an awkward task: icing and compressing the shoulder. While throwing a bag of peas or an ice pack from Walgreens on the shoulder may get the job done, you’ll have to hold still to keep it in place and will likely have to shift the ice bags around in order to ice the whole area. This is a pain if you are going through something like frozen shoulder treatment or rotator cuff tear repair since they require you to ice the shoulder at frequent intervals throughout the day.
Using this cryo (cold) pneumatic (air) shoulder support is a better option. This ice therapy shoulder wrap encircles the chest, arm and shoulder, holding the shoulder ice pack in place. These ice packs last for days and days, and they are quite large.
Plus the cuff comes with a compression pump for reducing edema (swelling), which is another key element of shoulder injury treatment. The pump bulb, with its simple on and off switch, makes it easy to adjust the level of compression applied. And it can be detached once you’ve reached the perfect amount.
Another handy feature—the ice pack can be removed so you can apply compression without icing the shoulder. Using just the compression element of the cryo shoulder cuff also encourages swifter healing by stimulating blood flow to the shoulder. This is one of the main benefits the pricier Inferno wrap touts.
There are many benefits of wearing cold/compression shoulder wrap. For one, this can bring down swelling, relieving pain. Shoulder icing can also reduce muscle spasms. The wrap is also great for icing a sore arm from pitching or some other athletic activity. Again, these are some of the same benefits the Inferno shoulder wrap offers, but with this product you get them at a much more affordable price.
These qualities make the wrap perfect for treatment of rotator cuff injuries, post fracture care, frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis, or AC) therapy, shoulder tendonitis treatment, recovery from surgery, treatment of osteoarthritis and for easing pain associated with many other injuries to this area of the body.
The plush foam laminate of the ice vest is comfortable against the skin. And the non-toxic gel packs are lined with tricot—a soft but durable material. You will be pleasantly surprised by the high-quality construction of the ice packs.
When you purchase this ice sleeve for the shoulder, you get two ice packs that come with Velcro tabs to hold them in place within the wrap. The gel packs are larger than most shoulder icing products from stores like Walmart or Walgreens.
The ice packs have an opening over the shoulder cap as does the cryo cuff itself. This makes it easier and more comfortable for you to move the arm when treating a shoulder injury or recovering from surgery.
You should only use one pack at a time; you can store the second one in the freezer so you do not have to wait long to ice the shoulder again. This also means that you can leave one at home and one at work, making it easier to ice the shoulder throughout the day.
The last thing you want to mess with when you are going through frozen shoulder therapy or recovering after surgery is a tricky closure mechanism. Therefore, this shoulder icing sleeve has contact closures (think Velcro) that are easy to secure and detach.
Why Compressing and Icing the Shoulder Provides Pain Relief
Forceful or repeated overhead motions can take a major toll on your shoulders. Tossing a football around the backyard, pitching a baseball, cleaning windows, painting a room or swimming are just a few examples of activities that can stress the muscles, ligaments or tendons of the shoulder. And ignoring pain can lead to shoulder instability and more serious injuries like a rotator cuff tear that require surgery to repair.
At-home treatment for a shoulder sprain, bursitis or tendonitis typically requires you to rest the joint, avoid irritating activities, use a shoulder icer, compress to the joint and eventually do exercises and stretches to improve your range of motion and shoulder strength.
This particular cryo pneumatic shoulder orthosis is superior to a shoulder ice wrap or brace from Walgreens in that it applies both compression and cold therapy at once, saving you time and money.
For some injuries, a heating pad can help with pain and stiffness. If you’re on the hunt for one, this shoulder warmer brace can be used for both hot and cold therapy.
If you suspect you have torn your rotator cuff (the network of muscles that hold the upper arm in the shoulder blade socket) it is really important to see a doctor soon since an untreated partial tear will worsen as time goes on.
In some cases, non-surgical steps like those listed above can provide pain relief for a torn rotator cuff. But in other cases, your doctor may recommend surgery to repair the damage.
You will definitely need ice packs for the shoulders after surgery—both to relieve swelling and to ease pain. Eventually, you’ll also have to undergo physical therapy to get the shoulder back to normal and to prevent complications like frozen shoulder.
Frozen shoulder, which is also known as adhesive capsulitis, refers to a stiff, sore shoulder joint. This condition is a risk if you are recovering from some medical condition that makes you hold your arm still, such as after surgery or a broken arm.
Heat and ice therapy are important steps for frozen shoulder pain relief. Physical therapy is another key element for dealing with the stiffness and immobility this condition causes. Considering the pain movement causes for those with frozen shoulder, it makes a lot of sense to rely on a shoulder strap that holds ice against the painful joint.
A doctor might also recommend certain medications or injections that can provide pain relief for frozen shoulder.
If non-invasive steps are not effective, treatment for frozen shoulder may include surgery or manipulation of the joint by a doctor to loosen tight tissues.
Q&A on the Shoulder Pain Ice and Compression Wrap
- What conditions / injuries does a cryotherapy shoulder wrap treat? It can help with many shoulder injuries, including (but not limited to) rotator cuff tears, shoulder tendonitis, dislocated shoulder, shoulder sprains, bursitis of the shoulder, frozen shoulder, arthritis of the shoulder, and pitching injuries such as a “SLAP” tear. It is also great for athletes or as part of physical therapy. Cold therapy is also important after shoulder surgery. Note that you should not ice the shoulder if you have circulatory issues, unless your doctor advises you to do so.
- How does it work? The shoulder ice brace holds a frozen gel pack against the shoulder and it comes with a pump bulb that inflates the sleeve, applying compression to your sore shoulder. This eases pain, inflammation and edema (swelling).
- When should I wear it? You should always follow your doctor’s instructions regarding use. But generally speaking, you should limit cold therapy to 20 minutes with at least a 20 minute break in between icing sessions.
- What is this shoulder support made of? The wrap is made of plush foam laminate with contact-closure straps. The ice bags are filled with non-toxic gel and lined with tricot—a soft, durable material.
- How do I put it on? Begin by freezing the gel pack for a minimum of two hours. Next, attach the frozen ice pack to the inside of the shoulder support so that the seams line up over the shoulder cap opening. Place the cold shoulder wrap on the affected shoulder so that the opening is over the shoulder cap and the valve is at the top of the brace. Next, grab the attached strap that is marked in blue and secure it around the base of the arm near the elbow. Then grab the strap marked in red and attach it under the arm near the shoulder. You should then take the long, unattached strap and position it below the un-affected shoulder with the curved part of the strap facing down. Thread this long strap through the “in” side of the 5-inch buckle and tighten it.
Now that you have the brace secured, attach the tube with the bulb to the valve. Make sure to switch it to the “on” position and then pump the bulb until you’ve reached your desired level of compression. If you inflate the brace too far (your circulation should not be affected), simply press the button at the bottom of the bulb or detach the tube while the valve is set to “on.” Once you have the compression just right, switch the valve to the “off” position and detach the tube with the bulb from the valve.
Washing Instructions: First, close all the contact closures. Then you can wash the ice wrap by hand using mild soap. The shoulder brace should be air dried.
- Other features:
- Comes with two large gel packs that are lined with a material that’s gentle on the skin.
- Can be used without cold packs for compression, only
- Universal sizing (fits up to a 48-inch chest circumference) simplifies ordering.
- For a sleeker fit you can use the brace without the long strap that loops around chest.
- Color: Black.
|Size||Universal (One Size Fits Most)|
|Circumference in inches||Up to 48"|
|Measure the circumference around your chest|