Which Leg Ice Pack is Best for You?

With so many ice packs and cold wraps being sold online, it is easy to get lost in the search for the best product. Websites such as eBay and Amazon are offering thousands of products, all of which are making wild claims and ludicrous offers. So which is the best product for your injured leg? Below is a list of our reviews and tests of the products we found for leg injuries, and the real ratings we think they should get.

King Brand Leg ColdCure Wrap

Comfortable and High Quality Wrap$59.99 - $64.95

King Brand Leg ColdCure Wrap

The wraps offered by King Brand have the best performance, quality and treatment therapy by far. This 'ColdCure' Leg Wrap is made from high grade, extremely comfortable neoprene fabric that offers compete coverage of the leg. It comes with multiple gel packs that are 10" by 7" so they provide cooling on the sides, and either the front or the back. Having a large wrap like this gives you the freedom to wrap the pack where ever you need the relief. With no negatives for this wrap, it's well deserving of the number one spot on our reviews.

Wraps Offered At: kingbrand.com

Polar Ice Shin Leg Wrap

Small Calf Size = Smaller Ankle Opening$17.25 - $18.46

Polar Ice Leg Cold Wrap

When ordering a smaller wrap for my smaller calf size, the ankle size was also decreased so it was almost impossible to get your foot in the wrap. Having done the whole saran wrap frozen peas to help with inflammation this was a nice step up. The neoprene wrap holding the ice packs to my shin was great. It worked for about a week, and one of the compartments started to leak, then another, and another. After a couple weeks only about half of the compartments had fluid left in them. The ice packs were cushioned in the wrap so its a mystery to where the leaks came from. The cold quality from the fridge wasn't enough, so freezing them made them colder and had the cold last for longer, but the wrap became so inflexible making it hard to put the wrap on if the affected area is tender or bruised.

Wraps Offered At: amazon.com

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ProSeries Total Ice Wrap

Misleading Marketing Strategy$33.45 - $37.65

Pro Series Total Ice Thearpy Leg Wrap

It seems that a company called 'Total Ice' bought 'ProSeries' and is still using the former branding to keep return customers. The problem with this is that the cost of the product has gone up, and the quality has gone down. The openings for the ice are no longer big enough to fit in full ice cubes. The packaging sweats as the ice melts and is uncomfortable and cumbersome for anyone with a smaller leg. The images used on the pages are also misleading. The product looks a lot bigger in the image compared to what you receive.

Wraps Offered At: amazon.com

Body Glove Deluxe Ice Pack

Small, Leaky Bag$32.95 - $37.34

Body Glove Deluxe Ice Pack

This product definitely has its positive points, such as the wrap material and length of time the cold lasts. However, these seem a bit overshadowed by the fact that the ice bag began to leak after several weeks of regular use. If the bag were made of a higher quality material, this product would have 4 stars. Aside from the fact that the bag began to leak, it's also a pretty small bag. If you have larger legs or want to cover a larger area, this may not be the product for you. While the ice bag makes the product a bit difficult to put on, it's reasonably comfortable to wear.

Wraps Offered At: amazon.com

Pro Ice Cold Therapy Knee/Multipurpose Wrap

Leaks!$29.99 - $54.95

Pro Ice Cold Wrap

The best thing about this wrap was the fact that it stayed cold long enough for a proper treatment, which can be hard to find in a cold wrap. The reason it stays cold long enough though, is because it contains tiny pockets of ice. This actually becomes a draw back because it makes the wrap extremely stiff when frozen. It would be much more comfortable with gel packs. It would probably also prevent the leaking that starts when the ice begins to thaw, which is messy and annoying. The wrap is also a bit cumbersome but the long straps help to put it on. Overall, would be much more happy with a wrap that didn't leak!

Wraps Offered At: amazon.com

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Polar Ice Knee/Leg Wrap

Color May Vary?$22.38 - $27.48

Polar Ice Cold Wrap

Once the product arrived, it said that colours may vary. Assuming that the green probably wasn't what was going to be sent out, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I had purchased a green wrap with the blue straps. The wrap is big enough to treat multiple areas, but with only having the two straps it is quite akward to get the compression needed for cold compression therapy. The ice packs as they warm up start to sweat, making this wrap very heavy and not easy to re-freeze after the first use without it becoming very rigid. The quality of the materials seems very low, and doesn't stay cold for much more than 10 minutes.

Wraps Offered At: amazon.com

FlexiKold Gel Ice Pack

Cracks When Frozen$13.99 - $27.99

FlexiKold Gel Ice Pack

Probably the worst ice pack! It's heavy and bulky when at room temperature or frozen. With the price point being more expensive than all of their other competitors, having the bag rip open and the contents leak out everywhere does not make it a superior product. Applying the frozen plastic directly to your skin allows for quick cold burns as the condensation on the outside of the package will stay cold and then leak off of the pack and down your leg. The worst part, is that the seller does not accept any returns, so you're out of luck trying to return this.

Wraps Offered At: amazon.com

Thera Pearl Shin Wrap

Defective Product?$16.16 - $24.99

Thera Pearl Shin Wrap

Yes, the price is low compared to a lot of other cold therapy products, and you also get two wraps, but it is not worth the hassle. Invest in something that is higher quality and will last longer and work better. The product may be defective because it does not resemble the images online. There are very few beads inside, whereas the images show tons of beads. The cold didn't last more than 10 minutes, even when stored in the freezer all night. Made of very cheap material. Would hardly call this a wrap as it's just beads inside plastic with straps on either side.

Wraps Offered At: amazon.com

Related Forum Content from the makers of the BFST Device

You might be asking yourself “Who is King Brand, and why is their forum content so important?” Well, here’s why! King Brand takes pride in knowing that their products will help heal people, and they aren't afraid to show it. Their commitment to helping people heal naturally, is the pillar on which the company has grown on.

The term BFST stands for Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy and it was created by King Brand Health Care. Blood flow is very important to help heal injuries, and after years of research and development they have come up with a product that does just what it says. No other company can match what King Brand does. They are the only company on the market that can directly target injuries at a cellular level with no surgery or doctors visits needed. Of course it’s important to visit the doctor when you've injured yourself, but their treatment modalities can be done in the comfort of your own home.

The King Brand forum is a great place to research specific ailments and to figure out whether or not the BFST and ColdCure products can help. Their treatment advisors are constantly posting on forums to help educate people on how to heal their injuries. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, then feel free to take part in their forum by registering.

Just below is a prime example of the quality customer service that King Brand provides on a daily basis. This is the perfect online community that will help educate, heal and get you back on your feet in no time.


Anterior and Posterior hip Labral Tear


Hello! I am wondering how long a hip labral tear takes to heal with the bfst treatment! I have struggled with lots of hip pain throughout track and football football season and I don’t want to sit on these sports this year or get surgery! Track, football and CrossFit is my life and I can barely sprint and run now because of this injury! Surgery is the absolute last option! I am really hoping this will work. Doctors have been saying to me, “a labral tear cannot heal by itself.” I’m not fully sure that is true. Honestly I really don’t know even if I have a labral tear because of the extremely high false positive rate on the mri’s. They said I have bursitis and a labral tear. And I also think I have piriformis syndrome and snapping hip syndrome. This has been a real pain for me the last year and a half especially because I am trying to get a scholarship and this injury is really holding me back. I really want to know if this will work if I use it consistently? Also it might be a little harder to heal because of high intense workouts I’ve been doing. Thank you for anyone’s help.


Re: Anterior and Posterior hip Labral Tear


Thank you for your interest in King Brand. Our products are designed to help speed up your natural healing process by first decreasing inflammation and then promoting blood flow.

The labrum is an awkward area to treat to begin with. Our products will get deep within and the BFST will help to heal the cartilage, but it takes longer than other soft tissues due to the absorption (diffusion) into the cartilage itself as there is no direct blood supply. See the link below for more information on treating a hip labral tear.

http://kingbrand.com/Hip-Labrum-Tear.php

We recommend starting with the Back/Hip ColdCure Wrap. This wrap comes with 3 gel inserts that you will put in the freezer or fridge and then place inside the neoprene wrap before applying it to the body. The ColdCure treatments help to bring down pain, swelling, and inflammation by applying a cold compress. These treatments can be done in 20 minute intervals (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, and 20 minutes back on) or you can put a little more time between treatments depending on how comfortable you are with the cold. You should do this for a few days and look for a reduction in inflammation and tenderness to the touch.

https://www.kingbrand.com/ColdCure-Home.php

When inflammation and pain have gone down you can start the Back/Hip BFST Wrap treatments. The BFST Wrap simply improves the blood flow without causing any additional strain in the surrounding area. It uses electromagnetic energy to penetrate deep within the tissues and it is a similar technology to ultrasound. During treatments you should not be feeling a high heat like you would with a conventional heating pad. One 20 minute treatment will improve blood flow for 3-4 hours after. We recommend that you start on level 1 and do the treatments 4 times a day to receive the best results. Once that warming sensation goes away on level one that is when you would move to level 2. The more BFST treatments you do, the less warming sensation you will feel. That is a good sign. As the warmth lessens from treatment to treatment, this means your circulation is improving. Our BFST wraps come with a soft neoprene wrap that is secured to the body using velcro straps. When using the BFST Wrap it is best to apply it directly onto the skin because the effects of BFST will be lessened if there is a clothing barrier in between the Energy Web (component inside the wrap) and the body. Most people start to notice an improvement after about 3 weeks of BFST treatments.

When the body is at rest, blood flow circulation is impaired. When the body is moving, blood flow improves. You need to rest the affected area in order to avoid re-injury since physical activity during recovery can further strain your injury. But while at rest, you’re not getting the blood flow you need to heal. With BFST, you can rest and receive the additional blood flow your injury needs to heal.

http://kingbrand.com/BFST-Home.php

Additional info on when to use ColdCure and BFST:
If you have been active and you may have strained your hip, that is NOT the time to do BFST. That is when you use ColdCure. Additionally, do a ColdCure treatment immediately after any significant physical activity. You may not have noticed it but there may be additional inflammation from re-injury. ColdCure treatments will attempt to minimize the damage.

There is no limit to how often or how many times you can use ColdCure. As long as you want more, use it more. You can keep swapping the extra gel packs from your freezer into the wrap as long as you like. The only restriction is to wait 30-45 minutes after your last ColdCure treatment before following with a BFST treatment. As well, after a BFST treatment, it is best to wait an additional hour before using ColdCure again unless you are feeling significant pain.

Combination Treatment. To learn how to combine your BFST & ColdCure
treatments most effectively, please visit http://www.kingbrand.com/Combination-Therapy.php

Another product to consider would be our KB Support Tape. The KB Support Tape is designed to be applied any time you want extra support and protection for your hip. The tape provides ongoing compression throughout the day, so you get swelling relief that's light, comfortable and doesn't restrict movement. The KB Support Tape also helps to prevent re-injury by providing damaged tissue with targeted support and protection. There is no need to remove KB Tape when giving ColdCure Treatments. The Cold will easily penetrate the tape. BFST can be moderately affected by KB Tape. If the tape is covering the target area, the effects of BFST will be lessened if there is significant tape in between the Energy Web and the body. If Tape just covers a small part of the affected treatment area it is not a concern. See below some helpful links about taping.

KB Support Tape:http://kingbrand.com/KB-Support-Tape.php
Taping the hip:http://howtotapeinjuries.com/taping-the-back.php



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