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Awesome Therapy System and beat the rentals pushed by the physical therapy folks.
on February 23, 2011
So after 3 knee surgeries and a professional ice therapy machine (Gameready) rental at $250 for 2 weeks for a total of $1600 that my insurance company did not cover I was back to cold packs and ice in zip lock bags... To say the least I missed my ice therapy machine... So I did some research and decided to buy the Soft Ice Active Therapy System. Found it on Amazon for almost $30 less that buying from [...] (the actual makers of the system) and requested the expedited shipping. 5 days later (holiday weekend included).... The machine came... Now since I really couldn't find a description of how it is made, I'll let you in on the construction a bit.
The system is made starting with a 9 quart cooler made by Coleman, your typical off the shelf lunch sized cooler. Inside the cooler there is an intake device that resembles a small pump with a hose the goes out the side of the cooler to a box housing the temperature setting (very basic flow adjuster, slows the flow to supply warmer water speeds it up to supply cooler water). The box also houses the plug for the power supply that resembles a laptop power supply and there is an on and off switch. Coming out of the box is the insulated tubing with an outgoing and return tube inside. The tube is permanently attached to the box and has about a 3 foot insulated tube with quick connect fittings on the end to attach the universal wrap that goes on the knee. The wrap is U shaped to fit nicely around the knee, ankle or shoulder and on one side has a plastic see though channel that water flows through and on the other side there is a fleece like covering to attach velcro elastic wraps to, one is included. The box on the side also has a return tube that runs in the side of the cooler from the box and dumps the return water back into the cooler near the top, above the water line.
It's really a simple system that works very nicely to do a job a more expensive unit does. There are no fancy cycling features, or a back lit LCD screen to tell you how long you are running and the temperature you are at, it's all very basic and manual. FYI I priced a Gameready unit at $2500 and needed a letter from congress to buy one. This unit came delivered under $200 and does the exact same thing and is much quieter in my opinion. Missing is the very nice compression sleeve of the game ready that provided multiple compression settings and pumps air into the unit to proved a nice tight fit.. You don't really need it but it did feel a bit better with the compression.. However comparing renting a machine for $250 for 2 weeks verses buying a machine that I will be able to use in the future after exercising and other injuries, I believe you can't beat this deal.
Options: There are some options and add ons you can get with this machine. A 30 minute timer, an auto emptying option, and auto accessory and battery feature for travel, different style of wrap for your back and such, and then the wraps. I would recommend getting the wrap for the knee (KAW Wrap) as it covers the plastic side of the wrap and fits around the knee quite nicely, keeps you protected from condensation and skin damage form the cold and has 3 velcro elastic points to help provide some compression during the treatment.
Pros: Price, ease of use and simplicity. Effective treatment, and you get to keep it instead of renting it....
Cons: Should come standard with the KAW wrap ($30 more). Would be nice to see a quick connect at the external box since carrying the cooler with the tube flopping around on crutches is pretty difficult. I mean how much more could it cost the company to add that on? A couple of bucks? You need to insulate the basic standard wrap with a towel against the skin (again would have been better to see the KAW wrap included)
In this economy I love finding a deal, and this was a steal at this price. I also love the fact that it's a small company that manufactures it. [...] for more info about the company and other accessories for this product.
I would recommend this product to anyone planning knee surgery, post surgery and those who typically use ice packs to ease their pain after a work out or injury. It's a great deal and you can't go wrong..
Read the instructions and warnings about skin damage from cold therapy, see a Dr before use and do not call a lawyer if you leave it on too long and hurt yourself, that's your fault and your dumb for doing it. Pain is a great indicator that something isn't right. OK hope this helps, I'm off to bask in my cold therapy heaven.