Joy, our Border Collie puppy, injured her left rib cage, resulting in a large hematoma behind her front leg. Her primary veterinarian, Dr. Betsy Gray placed a drain in the area and then as healing began to take place, I took her to Mountainside Veterinary Rehabilitation. Dr. Carlson began Integrative Medicine involving acupuncture, chiropractic and stretching exercises to assist Joy in her healing so that the injury would not inhibit her ability to fully extend and utilize her left leg. Joy is now in herding training and is fully healed with no evidence of her previous injury.
Cold compression is a combination of cold therapy and static compression, which is commonly used for the treatment of pain and inflammation after acute injury or surgical procedures. It lowers the temperature of the injured tissue, which reduces the tissue’s metabolic rate and helps the tissue to survive the period following the injury. Compression increases external pressure on the tissue to prevent edema formation by hindering fluid loss from the vessels in the injured area, making it more difficult for fluids to accumulate. Tissue using both technologies reaches its lowest temperature faster and the tissue maintains its cool even after treatment ends.