Cold Therapy Comparisons




Things to Consider before buying

Body Part

When choosing the right cold therapy unit the first question we ask is what body part is injured. Depending on which body part is injured makes a difference on which unit to choose. All the units cost about the same but some have better pads for certain body parts.


shoulderillustration.jpg Shoulder - The Ossur Cold Rush, the Breg Polar Care Cube and the Breg Kodiak have sized shoulder pads which makes them the best choice for shoulder rehab.


kneeillustration.jpg Knee - The Breg Polar Care CubeOssur Cold Rush and the Cryo Cuff I/C units are all good choices for knee rehab. They all have sized knee pads. The Cryo Cuff I/C Breg VPulse and Breg Polar Care Wave also have intermittent compression (I/C).


ankleillustration.jpg Ankle - Although all our cold therapy units would be great for ankle rehab, the Breg Polar Care Wave offers active compression which is typically an important part of rehabbing ankle injuries. The Cryo Cuff I/C and has intermittent compression (I/C).


hipillustration.jpg Hip - Breg Kodiak and Breg Polar Care Cube are the most common choices for Hip rehab due to the excellent hip pad and it's coverage area.


lumbarillustration.jpg Lumbar - The Breg Kodiak and the Breg Polar Care Cube are the most common choices for Lumbar(lower back) rehab due to the excellent pad coverage area.


footillustration.jpg Foot - The Cryo Cuff I/C unit is highly recommended for foot rehab specifically after Bunion surgery because the Cryo Cuff I/C Forefoot pad is excellent. We also recommend the Breg VPulse Foot/Ankle pad with added compression.


How To Use a Cooler

Every cooler unit works the same simple way. First add ice. Inside each unit is a fill line for ice (Use frozen plastic water bottles in combination with ice to save on ice cubes). Then pour in water to the water fill line (Keep water chilled in the refrigerator for best results). Now attach your wrap to the feeder hose. Plug in your unit with the power cord. Attach the wrap to your body with the elastic wraps provided with your body part wrap (Place T-shirt as a barrier between bare skin and wrap). Turn on the unit. The motor will automatically pump the cold water continuously thru the pad to provide consistent cold temperature to the pad. 

Note: The unit itself is NOT a refrigeration device it is an insulated cooler that maintains very cold temperatures for several hours.

Feeder Hose Length

The feeder hose that comes with the unit is about 5 feet long with the exception of the Ossur Cold Rush which is 6 feet long. This hose connects to the body wrap. You can place the unit on the ground beside you and the hose can reach any body part. If you need that extra foot consider the Ossur Cold Rush.


All the coolers are remarkably quiet just giving off a faint motor hum while working but the Ossur Cold Rush is absolutely whisper quiet. Breg Polar Care and Breg Kodiak are the next quietest. The Iceman Classic, the Clear3 and the Cryo Cuff I/C units are slightly more audible.


When full of ice and water cold therapy units weigh 15 lbs on average with the exception of the Cryo Cuff I/C Motorized unit which weighs about 7 lbs when full.

Flow Control

All of our units have automatic flow control built into the unit to deliver optimum cold temperature. 3 have a flow control dial for slightly more control of the flow rate of water entering the pad. The faster the flow rate the colder the temperature of the water when it reaches the pad. The Iceman Classic, Ossur Cold Rush and the CLEAR3 Plus have an adjustable flow control dial. The Iceman Classic and the CLEAR3 Plus have an in-line Flow Control which keeps the adjustment knob within easy reach.


The Cryo Cuff I/C Motorized unit does provide Intermittent Compression(I/C) allowing for slight compression. New on the market, the Breg Polar Care Wave Compression System and VPulse systems both provide both cold therapy and active compression to reduce pain and swelling. Unlike most other cold therapy devices, the Breg Wave does not require an additional barrier between the pad and the skin.

For professionals and athletes our Game Ready Pro cold therapy unit is the best combination compression and cold therapy unit on the market.

Helpful Hints

  • Use a simple T-shirt as a barrier between bare skin and the wrap or pad when using a machine.

  • Place a towel beneath your cooler unit during use. Cold temperatures will sometimes cause slight condensation on the cooler.

  • Use 1 or 2 frozen plastic water bottles in combination with ice.

  • Store water in the refrigerator so water is already cold when poured into the unit.


Source Ortho is an Authorized Manufacturer Distributor which means all of our products are backed by the manufacturer's warranty. All cold therapy units above have a 6 month warranty and all wraps are backed by a 1 month warranty.

Our Recommendation

There is no single unit we would recommend because it depends on your Cold Therapy needs. Although the Ossur Cold Rush gets very high marks for it's whisper quiet motor, 6 foot feeder hose and Flow Control, all of the cold therapy units we carry are high quality. The Cryo Cuff I/C unit is often recommended for rehab of lower extremities, such as the ankle and foot, that may need intermittent compression (I/C).