Cold Therapy Machine Injuries
Cold therapy machines are medical devices used by patients following surgical procedures to foot knee, shoulders and low back and joint injuries. Prolonged use of a cold therapy machine has been linked to permanent nerve damage, serious skin and tissue injuries or skin necrosis similar to trench foot, burns, or frost bite often requiring skin grafts, surgery and even amputation. Cold Therapy or Ice Therapy machines can also cause Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Syndrome or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).
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How does a Cold Therapy Device Cause Skin Tissue Injury or Nerve Damage?
Doctors, chiropractors and podiatrists usually prescribe cold therapy devices to patients following surgery or serious injury, but the devices come with very little instruction (or none at all) about recommended temperatures or length of treatment and lack a shut-off or alarm mechanism that would prevent the device running too long or too cold.
Many people are told something along the lines of, "The colder the pad and the longer you can keep it on your skin, the better." Because of existing nerve damage or desensitization from the surgery or injury, patients may not feel how cold the pad is on their skin. Nerve and skin damage then occurs, resulting in nerve loss, and skin necrosis and even gangrene. However, such skin necrosis, nerve damage and skin damage also can occur in people who use the product as recommended by the ice machine therapy manufacturer and by their own Doctors. Often cold therapy machine patients do not know the cause of their nerve damage until some many months or even years later due to the other surrounding problems that resulted in the need of a cold therapy unit. As to skin necrosis form the use of a cold therapy unit, due to the nature of the injury, skin necrosis is noticeable much earlier and can often be found to have been caused by the use of a ice therapy machine on the skin for proplonged periods.
Cold Therapy or Ice Therapy Machines
The most popular ice therapy machines used to today include Polar Care Ice Therapy machines and EB Ice Therapy Machines. Our law firm is investigating serious injury cases caused by these machines and by other manufacturers as well.
What Kinds of Injuries Are Associated with Cold Therapy Devices?
Cold therapy patients have suffered severe skin necrosis and nerve damage to the ankles, feet, wrists, hands, shoulders, and knees as a result.
Cold Therapy - Types of Injuries
- Nerve damage. Objective tests, such as the electroencephalogram (EEG) test, can be performed to confirm damage in absence of visible injury.
- Skin Necrosis - The death of the skin and tissue due to extreme cold temperatures over a prolonged period.
- Nerve and skin damage. Skin damage will have visible injuries, such as frostbite.
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Syndrome
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).
Cold therapy nerve, skin necrosis and skin damage injuries can also result at above freezing temperatures. Some victims have reported damage after using cold therapy devices in the 45-55 degree range. For more information see Cold Therapy Injuries
Ice Therapy Machine Product Liability Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one have suffered a serious cold therapy injury from the use of ice therapy machines, then call us for a free case evaluation. Mr. Willis is a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization with over 25+ years of legal experience in all areas of product liability and defective drug litigation. Though licensed in Texas & New York, Mr. Willis maintains a nationwide medical device and pharmaceutical litigation practice representing clients across the nation. All injury cases accepted on a contingency fee basis. Call us or contact us for a Free Case Consultation.
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