Cryotherapeutic procedure

  • US 5,170,783 A
  • Filed: 01/17/1992
  • Issued: 12/15/1992
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/24/1988
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of therapeutically treating an injured body part, said method including the steps of:

  • locating a flexible, inelastic application pack on the injured body part to be treated;

    employing fastening means associated with the application pack for securing the application pack in conformity with the injured body part;

    thereafterintroducing a pressurizing cold liquid to said application pack from pressurizing liquid supply means via a conduit coupled between the application pack and the pressurizing liquid supply means;

    said pressurizing liquid supply means comprising a container for holding the cold liquid therein, said cold liquid being provided to said application pack by the steps of;

    (a) supporting the container above the application pack so that said cold liquid is transported by gravity to said application pack via said conduit; and

    (b) controlling the flow of the cold liquid through the conduit means to said application pack;

    controlling a desired amount of pressure applied to the injured body member through the application pack by establishing a predetermined elevation of the container above the application pack, and thereafter operating valve means to maintain said desired amount of pressure irrespective of the elevation of said container.

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