March 2011

Game Ready cryotherapy device outperforms ice after ACL surgery

Use of the Game Ready compressive cryotherapy device after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is associated with more pain relief and less use of narcotic drugs than ice alone, according to research presented in February at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Researchers from William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX, analyzed 36 patients who underwent ACL reconstruction. At six weeks, pain levels had decreased significantly in the 18 patients randomized to receive treatment with the compressive cryotherapy device from Alameda, CA-based Cool Systems but not in the 18 patients who received a standardized ice pack.

Almost all (83%) of the patients in the Game Ready group had discontinued narcotics use by six weeks postoperatively, compared to just 28% of the conventional ice therapy group.

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- Emily Delzell

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