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 119 34
Tendinitis 39 5
Migraine headaches 28 12
Torn Meniscus of Knee 25 4
Back pain 18 3
Ankle Sprain 15 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 1
Moderate 4
Mild 4
None 69

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 18
15minutes as needed 5
20 min three times daily 3
10minutes as needed 3
30minutes as needed 3
60minutes as needed 3
60 min daily 2
20 min four times daily 2
1 hr daily 1
20 min every other week 1

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Why patients stopped taking Ice or Cold Packs

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 24
Did not seem to work 17
Other 13
Doctor's advice 3
Side effects too severe 2
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Duration

Currently using Ice or Cold Packs

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 16

Stopped using Ice or Cold Packs

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 17
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 25
Usually 28
Sometimes 21
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 14
A little hard to take 25
Not at all hard to take 37
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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14 patient evaluations for Ice or Cold Packs

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kaitmeister
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kaitmeister
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Severe
28 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

See kaitmeister's full Ice or Cold Packs history

Jun 15, 2016 (Started Aug 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Haglunds Deformity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 min Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks
ChloeMS
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ChloeMS
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: None
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: some
Description:61y
CFS:19y Dx
FM:19y Dx
I am: b
I have:
ME/CFS

See ChloeMS's full Ice or Cold Packs history

Nov 9, 2013 (Started Oct 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Night sweats)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Unrefreshing or poor sleep)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 9 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I use a "Chillow" pillow insert. It cools during the day a lasts all night placed inside pillow case.

  • 1 helpful mark
SeanLiam
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SeanLiam
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 42
Condition: Herniated Disc 4 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: g
I have:
Herniated Disc

See SeanLiam's full Ice or Cold Packs history

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
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