Lay Summary: I review a specific technology for physical therapy.
RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) hasbeen used to treat acute and chronic injury and assist in orthopedic surgery rehabilitation. Game Ready System simultaneously delivers both adjustable cold therapy and intermittent compression, to apply the two aspects of the RICE regimen. Cold compression therapy combines two of the principles of R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to reduce pain and swelling from a sports or activity injury to soft tissues. The therapy is especially useful for sprains, strains, pulled muscles and pulled ligaments.
ON general, cold compression wraps should be used for 20 minutes every two hours the first day a soft tissue injury occurs. Thereafter they should be used 2 to 3 times a day until pain and swelling diminishes.
While the theoretical basis for this technology is sound and anecdotal evidence appear reasonable, I have not been able to find sufficient credible medical literaure of this specific device to consider this therapy medically necessary and to justify the cost of $3800.00 purchase price or
$1600.00 rental price cost for 2 wks .
Cameron MH. Physical agents in rehabilitation from research to practice. 1999. W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, PA.