Knee pain is one of the most common types of pain and may occur in and around the knee joint. Pain can range from mild to debilitating. It may be caused by many factors, including heavy physical activity, lack of use, injuries such as sprains or strains, sitting in a constrained area, or sitting on knees for a prolonged period. Common sports-related knee injuries include ACL strains/tears, meniscal injuries, patella-femoral syndrome, or iliotibial (IT) band pain. Arthritis, gout, infections, and recovery from knee surgery are other painful conditions.
Treating pain with drugs is not always a good option. Opioids, NSAIDs, and even acetaminophen may cause adverse health reactions. Whether your knee pain is related to a medical condition, injury, or everyday aches and pains from life, VibraCool®‘s wearable, comfortable mechanical stimulation is safe and easy to use, providing pain relief on contact while speeding the healing process.
Knee pain is one of the most common types of pain and can range from mild to debilitating.
For knee pain
Put VibraCool® vibration unit into neoprene pouch on compression strap. 2. Secure snugly with vibration unit over the area of pain. 3. Activate vibration by switching the toggle switch. 4. To add anti-inflammatory ice: Prepare unit: Freeze ice packs. Ice packs must be solid for use. Place frozen ice pack underneath the strap prior to placing on pain. Ice will remain frozen for 20 minutes. For optimal relief and recovery, use VibraCool® for 20 minutes, 2-3x a day until you no longer hurt.
For IT band pain
For IT band pain, position VibraCool® above the knee joint, toward the outer aspect of the knee joint.
For jumper’s knee
For jumper’s knee, position the VibraCool® unit below the knee cap.
For post-surgerical knee pain
Your physician or physical therapist will instruct you to begin a cryotherapy, or icing protocol, as early as the day of your surgery. Use VibraCool® as instructed for your recommended icing protocol. Use ice as often as every 2 hours. You may use the vibration unit alone for mechanical stimulation as often as you would like, for as long as you would like, to provide ongoing pain relief. Place ice pack directly on area of pain, or just above and further up the thigh if it provides better pain relief.
Place VibraCool® over the ice pack. Wrap the strap around and secure to itself with the Velcro® fastener at the end of the strap. VibraCool® may be used on top of bandages.
For Allergy Testing
Allergy testing may be uncomfortable and cause itching. To relieve the itching from allergy testing, place Buzzy® “Between the brain and the pain”. (See “Buzzy® Placement”.) For testing on the arm, place Buzzy® closer to the shoulder as close as possible to the scratch patch. For testing on the entire back, place Buzzy® between the shoulder blades. The nerves come in horizontally to the spine, then up the spine, so the top of the spine as close as possible to the “scratch patch” is the right place.
Typical experience using Buzzy® for scratch testing
- Itching was relieved after 7 seconds when Buzzy® was used with ice pack.
- Itching was relieved after 12 seconds when used with vibration alone.
- Buzzy® was more effective when pressed in place at the top of the spine, but was not as effective when simply lying on the back as in the picture.
- After removing Buzzy®, the itching returned after 17 seconds following the buzzy-plus-ice wing trials, and after 13 seconds following the vibration only trials.
Cold (down to -20F) has been researched and found NOT to alter the histamine reaction allergy tests look for. In addition, Buzzy® was found to be the most effective intervention to relieve the discomfort of testing.
For Allergy Injections
- Place Buzzy® directly on the site for 30-60 seconds before the procedure
- Place “between the brain and the pain” during the needle placement and medication administration.
- For subcutaneous placement on the back side of the arm, place Buzzy® as shown in this picture, then slide Buzzy® toward the armpit/head during the shot itself.