How Does Advanced Cryotherapy Reduce Pain And Narcotic Consumption After Knee

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Cryotherapy after a TKA
Throughout the years we put a lot of stress on our body’s joints. As we age we may find certain joints start causing us a lot of pain and problems due to wear and tear on the body. The knee joint is one of those joints that tolerates a lot of wear and tear throughout the years due to holding a lot of body weight and the motions it performs on an everyday bases. As we start aging people start developing pain in the knee which can be caused be osteoarthritis or other issues. Once this occurs it is usually recommend to have surgery done on the knee to help alleviate the pain and gain ROM back into the joint. Once the surgery is done the patient will be placed in physical therapy where they will be treated with modalities and exercises. This is why I chose the article “Does advanced cryotherapy reduce pain and narcotic consumption after knee arthroplasty” to back up why we use cryotherapy on TKA patients (Thienpont, 2014).
A recent random control trial was run to see if advanced cryotherapy was to see if advanced cryotherapy compared to cold pack results in better pain control after surgery, resulting in low narcotic consumption, better early ROM and less swelling and bleeding (Thienpont, 2014). There has been other research done that is about cryotherapy but none that is just like this trial. Other research that has been done is comparing other cold treatments like cyopneumatics, cooled compression and how cryotherapy effects different things…

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