Ice and compression have long been used in humans and animals alike to reduce pain by blocking pain fibers as well as reducing swelling. Icing a joint is typically recommended for the first 72 hours after injury or surgery, and then it can be used after activity to improve recovery.
We often provide ice and compression at the end of our rehab sessions after working a joint, and we recommended continuing to use this at home after the exercise or walking program.
These services are included in the cost of physical rehabilitation.
Gel ice packs or a bag of frozen vegetables can be easily placed around the affected joint and secured snugly with an Ace Bandage to provide compression. We recommend placing a thin cloth such as a T-shirt or pillowcase between your pet’s skin and the ice pack and ice sessions should last approximately 10 minutes. If you prefer to make your own ice pack follow the recipe below.