How is cryotherapy applied in rheumatoid arthritis ?
Cold application can be very specific, as in the use of vapocoolant sprays, localized massage, or locally applied cold pack. Or it can be very generally applied, as in ice water immersion, refillable bladders, thermal blankets, or contrast baths. For subacute pain and muscle spasm, it is typically applied as ice massage or cold packs. A simple inexpensive method is to apply a bag of frozen vegetables to the area or to freeze water in a paper cup and use it as an ice massage to an area. Cryotherapy is the treatment of choice following acute injury, particularly when combined with compression.