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    Posted: Sep 26 2008 at 12:48pm
Our user asked: "i recently had shoulder surgery to repair my ac joint. I recently acquired a continuous-flow cold therapy unit with temperature control capabilities. what is a safe temperature to operate at without causing damage to my skin or tissues."
 
Ask a PT Response: "Cold therapy is tolerated differently by each individual. I'd recommend that you talk to your doctor or physical therapist about your medical history and potential risks associated with cold therapy to determine at what temperature and for how long you should be utilizing your device. For my patients that are safe and require such a device, I usually test it out and see what is comfortable for them. It can be anywhere from 45 to 65 degrees F for a period of 6 hours or greater. Again, temperature and duration may vary from patient to patient."
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