Cold ice packs are used for treating injuries like muscle sprains and strains, helping to reduce swelling and relieve pain. There are three different types of cold packs: gel packs, instant cold packs and instant cold gel packs.
Gel packs are pouches made of polymer gel and can be placed in a regular freezer and used when needed. Depending on product instructions, gel packs can often be heated in a microwave for use as a heating pad, as well.
Instant cold packs have two or three compartments separated by breakable barriers. Each of the compartments have an ingredient that when mixed with other ingredients, they react together to create a cooling effect. When the cold ice pack is needed, the barriers break by bending the cold ice pack and squeezing the contents together.
The instant cold gel pack has the benefits of both gel packs and instant cold packs. They are usually comprised of three compartments and the ingredients are mixed together when the barriers are broken. The ingredients mix to create an instant cooling effect, just like the instant cold ice packs, and together form a gel. Adding the gel allows them to be reused as a gel pack later, making them more cost effective.
Mountainside Medical Equipment has a wide variety of cold ice packs available for all different types of ailments. Check them out on our website to place an order, or call 1-888-687-4334 to speak with one of our helpful Medical Supply Specialists for more information.