Which Knee Ice Pack is Best for You?
With so many ice packs and cold wraps being sold online, it is easy to get lost in the search for the best product. Websites such as eBay and Amazon are offering thousands of products, all of which are making wild claims and ludicrous offers. So which is the best product for your injured knee? Below is a list of our reviews and tests of the products we found for knee injuries, and the real ratings we think they should get.
King Brand Knee ColdCure Wrap
Comfortable and High Quality Wrap$59.99 - $64.95
The wraps offered by King Brand have the best performance, quality and treatment therapy by far. This 'ColdCure' Knee Wrap is made from high grade, extremely comfortable neoprene fabric that offers complete coverage of the knee. It comes with multiple gel packs that are shaped like a 'U' so they privde cooling on the sides, and optionally, you can choose to cool either above or below the patella, giving it a larger range of cooling power. With no negatives for this wrap, it's well deserving of the number one spot on our reviews.
Wraps Offered At: kingbrand.com
KB Basics Knee Cold Wrap
Effective Cooling Despite The Low Price$37.99-$24.49
Another great success with the value of the KB Basics Knee Cold Wrap from King Brand. They use their RigiGel technology that's in their 'ColdCure' products in their basics line, making this knee ice wrap an effective means to treat inflammation on a budget. With exceptional cooling performance and comfort, the KB Knee Cold Wrap has it's own protective bag to store the wrap in during the re-charge cycle. Either the fridge or the freezer depending on the degree of coldness desired. Even though we speak highly of this product, the reason it doesn't get five stars along with the King Brand ColdCure Knee Wrap is because it only comes with one gel pack, so you can't do back to back treatments. Noting this as the only flaw, a four star verdict is delivered.
Wraps Offered At: kingbrand.com
Polar Ice Large Knee Wrap
Great Reviews For A Not So Great Product$26.76 - $24.80
With large spaces between ice packs, and having the ice packs slip out during the use of the product, it wasn't a good start to this review. I was disappointed with this one mainly because there were a lot of great reviews on this product. When the ice packs were frozen they were rock hard, so getting a good fit on your leg was impossible without triggering pressure points. After about five minutes when the ice packs warmed up, it was quite pliable, but at that point there wasn't enough cold to maintain treatment. Back in the freezer it goes to become rock hard again. One of the nice things about it though was that it was good for larger legs, and the coverage was great. If they could work on a product that didn't warm up after five minutes, they might have something!
Wraps Offered At: amazon.com
Shock Doctor Ice Recovery Compression Knee Wrap
It Didn't Fit Properly$50.21 - $64.99
The biggest issue is that the gel packs are not, and I hope I'm phrasing it right, sewn in or stationary. Unless you fold the wrap properly and put it neatly in the freezer, the rectangular gel packs are going to move around (instead of vertical, you will find them horizontal, or may even be falling out). When removed from the freezer you may need to readjust them.
The second issue is that the gel inside each pack also moves about. If not careful you will find that some areas of the rectangular gel packs are thicker than others. That means you will need to flatten the packs either before or after in order to get an even cold distribution when you put it on. To me this felt like extra work and unnecessary because competitive designs did not have those issues. Being in pain the only thing I wanted to do, when I reached inside the freezer for the wrap, was simply put it on.
I think this wrap would be a better fit for knee injuries that are more localized. It's a quality product, but for someone with total knee replacement it is probably better to look elsewhere. It would work great for someone that just wants to ice their knee after a good workout.
Wraps Offered At: amazon.com
Elasto-Gel Hold/Cold Knee Wrap
Bulky and Finicky$35.99 - $59.71
Why is it so hard to find companies that have figured out how to make a gel that retains cold? Companies are becoming too technical in having one product do multiple things. Perfect for a cold wrap, and then a warm one. Market them separately! Just because you can microwave and freeze something, doesn't mean that you should! The wrap doesn't stay cold and the gel slips and slides inside the fabric, even when you don't move. Having 10 feet of wrap with velcro at the end makes it hard to wrap because it sticks to everything around it as you're trying to wrap it up. The images online show a covered patella while the product that is delivered as an open patella hole. Mis-marketing, bad R&D and they ask for way too much money.
Wraps Offered At: braceshop.com
O2 Cold and Compression Knee Wrap
Would Not Recommend$32.95 - $45.99
After ordering this on Amazon, when the product was received, it looked like it had been used previously and returned. The packaging wasn't sealed and there were no instructions included, making it very hard to figure out how to use this. The tubing for the compression kept popping off, and when using the gel pack from the freezer, it was as stiff as a board and really hurt. It didn't work great for continuous cold therapy treatments because it took over an hour for the gel to freeze between uses. Having multiple gels would have been a great bonus, but you cannot buy them without the wrap. I wouldn't recommend using the gel from the freezer. The fit without the o2 compression was nice and relaxing, and even though it was slightly cumbersome, my knee felt protected. Make sure that you put something between your skin and the wrap when using it, because I believe the chance of getting frost bite on your knee is a very real possibility.
Wraps Offered At: amazon.com
Knee Wrap With Ice Bag
No Support and Cumbersome$10.05 - $11.99
For a wrap with a low price, it's been made because it's disposable. The ice pack has great coverage, but putting ice into the bag and securing onto your knee causes pressure points from the ice cubes. After only a couple of uses the ice cubes have seemed to puncture through the bag and now has a slow leak. Since its a screw lid with imprecise fittings, this isn't really surprising give the temperature variations between the ice and air. The wrap that surrounds the brace is marketed as a brace, but there are no real support features in the wrap that I have found. The combination of having a brace with an insertable ice pack was inspiring, but unfortunately this did just not hold up to my expectations.
Wraps Offered At: amazon.com
Cold One Knee Ice Compression Wrap
One Major Flaw$53.99 - $69.95
While the Cold One is made with good quality materials and seems to be well constructed, there is one huge problem. When it's frozen, it goes hard as a rock. This makes it very uncomfortable to wear and pretty much impossible to walk in. It can also cause further pain to your already injured knee. If the wrap came with soft gels instead of sewn-in pockets of water that freeze like ice, this product would have easily received at least 3 stars. Another problem with the sewn-in pockets of water is that they don't provide long-lasting cooling power. Even after freezing the product overnight, the cold only lasted 10 minutes or so.
Wraps Offered At: dme-direct.com
Great Product If Your Knee Doesn't Bend$14.78 - $19.99
This is another pack that doesn't stay cold enough for nearly long enough. By the time you're comfortable on the couch, you have to get back up to recharge it again. While you're up grab a towel, because as it warms up it sweats, leaving whatever clothes it came in contact with wet. If having it not sit tight on your knee and not being able to bend your knee isn't enough, the seams of the gel packs split wide open without much effort at all. They could have this product listed for $5.00 and I wouldn't buy it again.
Wraps Offered At: therapearl.com
For more information on knee injuries and which wrap is the best for you, read this article onthe ulimate treatment for knee injuries.
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Tensor Fascia Latae pain
I'm suffering for almost 5 years from pain in my right hip. It's a deep pain I feel when I'm sitting and lean on one leg, referred to my knee (feels like a sharp pain when I'm walking) After so many MRI scans they found a (la good one) hibernoma tumor in my hipflexor. After surgery, the tumor is almost gone (1 cm the most, 20 cm is gone now), the pain increased to a level I needed 2 or 3 tramadol (for more then a year now) to make it through a day at the office (horrible pain while sitting on a chair or sofa).
On the EMG they saw reinnervation of the tensor fascia latae muscle/nerve. Pressure on it let me almost cry.
Already had 4 cortisone shots, but the pain is almost at the same level. It's no bursitus.
I've already ordered the Back/Hip inferno wrap, so I hope it will help me to recover.
Can you give some advise if this is a good treatment for it?
Re: Tensor Fascia Latae pain
Thank you for your interest in King Brand. I hope by using the BFST it will give you some relief. By bringing blood flow through the area, it can only help. It may not make the pain go away 100% but it may manage your day to day much better. You can also benefit a lot from adding Cold therapy into your day. Keeping the inflammation down is key in helping the good blood flow through as well.
I hope you will be able to decrease the pain medication by using the BFST routinely. Please do not use the BFST if you have had cortisone within the last 4-6 weeks as it can affect your blood pressure. Also discontinue if you feel added discomfort from using it. Read instructions thoroughly and work your way slowly through the levels of intensity. It is a matter of conditioning your hip to get used to the stimulated circulation.
Please let us know if you have any questions along the way. In your case I am not sure if anything will get fixed or fully healed, but as mentioned before, it will hopefully manage the pain.
All the best