What is Ice or Cold Packs?

Category: Equipment

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See also: Ice water

Ice is commonly used to alleviate pain and may be helpful to alleviate nausea and vertigo (dizziness). Ice or cold packs can be as simple as a towel filled with cubed or crushed ice or available with refrigerant gel or liquid that may require freezing or become cold when activated.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 124 34
Tendinitis 40 5
Migraine headaches 28 12
Torn meniscus of knee 25 4
Back pain 17 3

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 2
Moderate 4
Mild 5
None 72

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ice or Cold Packs

Side effect Patients Percentage
Burning pain 2
Cold intolerance 2
Hives (urticaria) 2
Cold sensation in hand(s) 1
Cold sensations (coldness) 1
Nerve pain in feet 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Ice or Cold Packs

Dosage Patients Percentage
20minutes as needed 10
30minutes as needed 5
15minutes as needed 4
15 min daily 2
10 min three times daily 2
20 min three times daily 2
20 min four times daily 2
1 hr daily 1
1 other daily 1
15 min weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Ice or Cold Packs

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 24
Did not seem to work 16
Other 12
Doctor's advice 3
Side effects too severe 2
See all 56 patients who've stopped using Ice or Cold Packs

Duration

Currently using Ice or Cold Packs

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 23

Stopped using Ice or Cold Packs

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 19
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 27
Usually 28
Sometimes 24
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 15
A little hard to take 27
Not at all hard to take 39
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 43
Not specified 40
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12 patient evaluations for Ice or Cold Packs

Apr 15, 2013 (Started Jan 20, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for herniated disc)
  • Side effects
    Mild (cold sensations (coldness))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Daily
Advice & Tips: Gotta stick with it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 5, 2012 (Started Jan 20, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for ankle sprain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 min Daily
Advice & Tips: its good

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 20, 2011 (Started Aug 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for complex regional pain syndrome type I)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for swelling in right foot)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
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