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 provide 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$24.49-$37.99
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: amazon.com
Polar Ice Large Knee Wrap
Great Reviews For A Not So Great Product$24.80 - $26.76
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
übertherm Knee Pain Relief Cold Wrap
Paid Listings for a stiff gel pack that doesn't stay cold $48.50
All of these reviews posted below, were found on the Amazon.com website. They have been unedited and found to be a good representation of how the product functions. We have found that our opinions of this wrap are very similar to the other purchasers below.
By Berrot McMusing:
I put the pack on my knee, waited - waited some more, waited waited waited - it was on a full 20 minutes and NOTHING. Took the ubertherm off and my knee was normal temperature.
By meribeth griffith:
Too bulky and heavy. It's weight alone hurts my kneecap. I regret buying it.
By Richard C:
You can't walk around with this on your knee --- I doubt you could even keep it on your knee in the position shown in the promo photo. This is meant to be worn when you're sitting with your leg propped up and not moving.
By Susan Long:
Too heavy of material, so you don't feel the cold. Not enough material to wrap if you have a larger leg.
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 Hot/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: amazon.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 on the ulimate treatment for knee injuries.
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The term BFST stands for Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy and it was created by King Brand Health Care. Blood flow is very important to help heal injuries, and after years of research and development they have come up with a product that does just what it says. No other company can match what King Brand does. They are the only company on the market that can directly target injuries at a cellular level with no surgery or doctors visits needed. Of course it's important to visit the doctor when you've injured yourself, but their treatment modalities can be done in the comfort of your own home.
The King Brand forum is a great place to research specific ailments and to figure out whether or not the BFST and ColdCure products can help. Their treatment advisors are constantly posting on forums to help educate people on how to heal their injuries. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, then feel free to take part in their forum by registering.
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Anterior and Posterior hip Labral Tear
Hello! I am wondering how long a hip labral tear takes to heal with the bfst treatment! I have struggled with lots of hip pain throughout track and football football season and I don?t want to sit on these sports this year or get surgery! Track, football and CrossFit is my life and I can barely sprint and run now because of this injury! Surgery is the absolute last option! I am really hoping this will work. Doctors have been saying to me, ?a labral tear cannot heal by itself.? I?m not fully sure that is true. Honestly I really don?t know even if I have a labral tear because of the extremely high false positive rate on the mri?s. They said I have bursitis and a labral tear. And I also think I have piriformis syndrome and snapping hip syndrome. This has been a real pain for me the last year and a half especially because I am trying to get a scholarship and this injury is really holding me back. I really want to know if this will work if I use it consistently? Also it might be a little harder to heal because of high intense workouts I?ve been doing. Thank you for anyone?s help.
Re: Anterior and Posterior hip Labral Tear
Thank you for your interest in King Brand. Our products are designed to help speed up your natural healing process by first decreasing inflammation and then promoting blood flow.
The labrum is an awkward area to treat to begin with. Our products will get deep within and the BFST will help to heal the cartilage, but it takes longer than other soft tissues due to the absorption (diffusion) into the cartilage itself as there is no direct blood supply. See the link below for more information on treating a hip labral tear.
We recommend starting with the Back/Hip ColdCure Wrap. This wrap comes with 3 gel inserts that you will put in the freezer or fridge and then place inside the neoprene wrap before applying it to the body. The ColdCure treatments help to bring down pain, swelling, and inflammation by applying a cold compress. These treatments can be done in 20 minute intervals (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, and 20 minutes back on) or you can put a little more time between treatments depending on how comfortable you are with the cold. You should do this for a few days and look for a reduction in inflammation and tenderness to the touch.
When inflammation and pain have gone down you can start the Back/Hip BFST Wrap treatments. The BFST Wrap simply improves the blood flow without causing any additional strain in the surrounding area. It uses electromagnetic energy to penetrate deep within the tissues and it is a similar technology to ultrasound. During treatments you should not be feeling a high heat like you would with a conventional heating pad. One 20 minute treatment will improve blood flow for 3-4 hours after. We recommend that you start on level 1 and do the treatments 4 times a day to receive the best results. Once that warming sensation goes away on level one that is when you would move to level 2. The more BFST treatments you do, the less warming sensation you will feel. That is a good sign. As the warmth lessens from treatment to treatment, this means your circulation is improving. Our BFST wraps come with a soft neoprene wrap that is secured to the body using velcro straps. When using the BFST Wrap it is best to apply it directly onto the skin because the effects of BFST will be lessened if there is a clothing barrier in between the Energy Web (component inside the wrap) and the body. Most people start to notice an improvement after about 3 weeks of BFST treatments.
When the body is at rest, blood flow circulation is impaired. When the body is moving, blood flow improves. You need to rest the affected area in order to avoid re-injury since physical activity during recovery can further strain your injury. But while at rest, you?re not getting the blood flow you need to heal. With BFST, you can rest and receive the additional blood flow your injury needs to heal.
Additional info on when to use ColdCure and BFST:
If you have been active and you may have strained your hip, that is NOT the time to do BFST. That is when you use ColdCure. Additionally, do a ColdCure treatment immediately after any significant physical activity. You may not have noticed it but there may be additional inflammation from re-injury. ColdCure treatments will attempt to minimize the damage.
There is no limit to how often or how many times you can use ColdCure. As long as you want more, use it more. You can keep swapping the extra gel packs from your freezer into the wrap as long as you like. The only restriction is to wait 30-45 minutes after your last ColdCure treatment before following with a BFST treatment. As well, after a BFST treatment, it is best to wait an additional hour before using ColdCure again unless you are feeling significant pain.
Combination Treatment. To learn how to combine your BFST & ColdCure
treatments most effectively, please visit http://www.kingbrand.com/Combination-Therapy.php
Another product to consider would be our KB Support Tape. The KB Support Tape is designed to be applied any time you want extra support and protection for your hip. The tape provides ongoing compression throughout the day, so you get swelling relief that's light, comfortable and doesn't restrict movement. The KB Support Tape also helps to prevent re-injury by providing damaged tissue with targeted support and protection. There is no need to remove KB Tape when giving ColdCure Treatments. The Cold will easily penetrate the tape. BFST can be moderately affected by KB Tape. If the tape is covering the target area, the effects of BFST will be lessened if there is significant tape in between the Energy Web and the body. If Tape just covers a small part of the affected treatment area it is not a concern. See below some helpful links about taping.
KB Support Tape:http://kingbrand.com/KB-Support-Tape.php
Taping the hip:http://howtotapeinjuries.com/taping-the-back.php