Sunday, December 28, 2014

Beat the pain and swelling by staying cool

Please note that this post was done using voice dictation commands, and that I have not thoroughly made sure that every item is properly edited.

The Breg chilling device is a marvel of engineering for those who need to keep swelling and pain down through the use of constant icing.

All of us who are lifetime athletes know the hassle of blue ice, plastic bags full of ice cubes, and other kinds of things that slip slide drip and in general are a pain in the ass.

Something that is a pain in the butt is not something that you stick with it for as long as you should for proper therapy.

The following series of photos looks at the Breg polar care which I was prescribed for therapy following my rotator cuff surgery.

With a few modifications in how the device is deployed, this could be an even better, wonderful icing care product.

But here are the photos showing what the device looks like and how it is used.

The photo above shows one of the easily fixed shortcomings of the system. The valve which disconnects the cooling device from the ice reservoir and pump, is almost impossible to reach with the opposite arm, especially in this configuration for a shoulder rotator cuff. While the disconnect can easily be done one handedly, the operation usually allows several drops of water to leak. 

Not a big deal, but if done repeatedly in the same place, would result in A permanently damp spot. If the disconnect were located farther down the line, it would be away from the arm sling, and much easier to access with a free hand.

This is good from the standpoint of a caregiver which means that the person using the cooling device has the freedom to disconnect and move about freely without assistance.

A very minor modification to the connection device would also allow one-handed re-connections by the injured person. This also would relieve the burden on caregivers particularly when cooling needs to take place at on and off intervals during night time and other periods when caregivers may not be available.

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