Vasopneumatic Cryotherapy Wilmington, NC

Vasopneumatic Cryotherapy

Traditionally, the application of cold has been used to reduce pain and swelling after injury or surgery.  Compression has also been shown to reduce swelling in an inflamed joint or muscle.  Combining the use of cold and compression is termed vasopneumatic cryotherapy.  Vasopneumatic cryotherapy is highly effective to reduce pain and swelling in injured muscles and joints.  A sleeve is placed around the injured area and conforms to the body part.  This provides better surface contact and more effective cooling. 

The benefits of vasopneumatic cryotherapy include:

  • Vasoconstriction and reduced blood flow
  • Reduced inflammation and swelling
  • Decreased muscle spasm
  • Decreased metabolic demand
  • Pain relief without narcotics

Vasopneumatic cryotherapy is used immediately following acute injury or surgery and later as needed.  Vasopneumatic cryotherapy has been shown in research studies to be more effective than the traditional use of cold to reduce swelling and pain, which leads to quicker recovery in physical therapy.

At Shoreline Physical Therapy, we utilize vasopneumatic cryotherapy for several conditions including but not limited to:

  • Sports Injuries
  • Post-operative pain and swelling
  • Work injuries
  • Acute sprains and strains
  • Fractures

If you are experiencing painful or swollen joints, whether it occurs with activity or as a result of an injury or surgery, let our physical therapists at Shoreline Physical Therapy evaluate you and determine if vasopneumatic cryotherapy, combined with exercise and manual therapy, can help you in your recovery. Contact us at Wilmington, NC center.