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 121 33
Tendinitis 41 6
Migraine headaches 28 12
Torn meniscus of knee 25 4
Back pain 18 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
Severe 2
Moderate 4
Mild 4
None 68

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

Side effect Patients
Burning pain 2
Cold intolerance 2
Cold hands 1
Cold sensations (coldness) 1
Hives (urticaria) 1
Nerve pain in feet 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Ice or Cold Packs

Dosage Patients
20minutes as needed 19
15minutes as needed 6
30minutes as needed 6
10minutes as needed 4
15 min daily 3
60minutes as needed 3
20 min three times daily 2
30 min twice daily 2
20 min four times daily 2
1other as needed 2

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Why patients stopped taking Ice or Cold Packs

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 25
Did not seem to work 17
Other 14
Doctor's advice 3
Side effects too severe 2
See all 57 patients who've stopped using Ice or Cold Packs

Duration

Currently using Ice or Cold Packs

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 24
10 years or more 23

Stopped using Ice or Cold Packs

Duration Patients
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 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 24
Usually 27
Sometimes 23
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 15
A little hard to take 26
Not at all hard to take 35
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 40
Not specified 38
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13 patient evaluations for Ice or Cold Packs

Apr 11, 2018 (Started Jun 30, 1980)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for itching)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for ankle sprain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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