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Side Effects of Cold Therapy

Cold Therapy Machines May Injure Your Tissue, Nerves, and Skin

Cold Therapy Lawsuit Update 8/7/12: A California woman was awarded more than $12 million in a landmark lawsuit filed over complications suffered after using a Polar Care 500 cold therapy device. According to allegations raised in the complaint, the Polar Care 500 caused skin on the plaintiff’s legs to die, resulting in extensive injuries that required multiple reconstructive surgeries to correct. Click here to learn more.

Prolonged exposure to cold therapy, ice machines, recirculating ice coolers, cryotherapy, and other forms of cold treatment may cause severe side effects in some patients. In some cases, this severe damage may even be caused by as little as one hour of continuous contact with a cold therapy unit. The FDA has also recalled certain cold therapy machines due to reports of serious side effects. Some of the more common brands of cold therapy devices include:

  • DonJoy Iceman
  • BREG Polar Care
  • EBIce

Cold Therapy Side Effects

While cold therapy can reduce unwanted nerve irritation, it sometimes can leave the tissue affected with unusual sensations, such as numbness or tingling, or with redness and irritation of the skin. These effects are generally temporary.

Additionally, if a patient uses a cold therapy device constantly for prolonged periods of time, he or she may in danger of serious injuries including (but not limited to):

  • Nerve damage
  • Tissue damage
  • Frostbite
  • Chronic pain
  • Skin abrasions

If you feel numbness, tingling, burning or itching, you should visit your doctor to make sure you haven’t suffered severe injuries. Symptoms of damaged nerves may include sensitivity, numbness, pain, prickling, tingling or burning. Depending on the severity of nerve damage, patients may experience pain for several months, and may lose feeling in the affected area permanently.

Do I have a Cold Therapy Side Effects Lawsuit?

The Personal Injury & Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in cold therapy side effect lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

Free Cold Therapy Side Effects Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has developed symptoms following the use of a cold therapy device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

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