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Author: Dean Martin
There are hundreds of thousands of back surgeries done in the Unites States every year. Back problems face not only athletes but most adults at some point in their lives. With the numerous types of back surgery available, patients are enjoying a more pain free life style.

Here are several common types of back surgery performed in the United States.

Spinal Fusion.

Laminectomy.

Discectomy.

Disc Replacement.

When visiting your doctor, there are a few questions you will need answers to:

1. How severe is the injury and what if, any surgery will be performed?

2. What type of physical therapy will you be able to tolerate and what will the schedule be?

3. Will cold therapy be provided by your physical therapist?

Cold therapy is commonly used after orthopedic surgeries and is especially helpful in the recovery after back surgeries. Cold therapy reduces swelling and therefore, relieves the patient’s pain better and more effectively than pain medicine alone. The lack of swelling to the surgical area actually accelerates the body’s natural healing process.

Cold therapy has come a long way since bags of melting ice or frozen peas. Patients can put ice in a bag or buy that bag of frozen peas, but there are better and safer options. Bags of ice are messy and patients risk the chance of infection to the wound area. The IsoComforter cold therapy system produces virtually no condensation, keeping the wound clean and dry. The IsoComforter cold therapy systems uses ice water circulated through a sterile or non-sterile pad that wraps around the entire back. This innovative and patented Iso-tube, uni-flow design is the most effective way to deliver cold therapy to the entire back and continuously circulates cold water to the targeted area.

Studies have shown that patients using cold therapy systems are more likely to follow their rehabilitation regiment because of the ease and convenience that the cold therapy system provides. The use of cold therapy has also been shown to reduce the amount of post surgical physical therapy visits needed by some patients. What this means for the patient is lower medical bills, less pain, and a quicker recovery.

Patients want faster relief with less pain medication. Although pain medication is helpful to most patients after surgery, it does pose certain risks. Patients don't want to become dependent on pain medication, they want faster relief and the ability get back to their normal lives without the dependence of pain medications. Cold therapy has proven to be the safest, most efficient form of non-medicine pain relief.

IsoComforter cold therapy is easy to use. The IsoComforter CryoTech 100™ cold therapy unit is designed to avoid any operational confusion and handling. The integrated design of a self-priming pump allows the patient to add the appropriate ice and water in accordance to the instructions and just plug in the wall adapter to start the recirculation process. The Cryotech 100™ can be used above and below the wounded area without having to manually pump or prime using elevation. IsoComforter recognizes that patients are in some degree of discomfort and we strive to make the recovery process as comfortable and short as possible.

IsoComforter.com offers cold therapy machines ( http://www.isocomforter.com/ ) which are beneficial treating injuries, back problems and post-operative recoveries. To read more about cold therapy, you may visit SportsInjuryAdvice.com ( http://www.sportsinjuryadvice.com/treatment/cold ).

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