Whole-body cryotherapy has become an accepted medical treatment that is widely used in sports medicine most commonly for overuse or traumatic injuries in-season as well as for off-season recovery. Recent studies have shown that the physiological response includes an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and analgesic effect on the body. It also works as a preventive strategy against the harmful effects of exercise-induced inflammation.
What these studies have shown is that pain, soreness, stress, and post-exercise recovery is improved compared to an untreated matched group. However, additional research is needed to determine the effect of this novel treatment on different parts of the musculoskeletal system, specific types of injuries and the number and frequency of sessions required to obtain the best therapeutic results.
Dr. Deutsch will be studying the affect of Whole-Body Cryotherapy on injury recovery in a collaborative project with The Athletic Room and Houston baseball programs. This prospective clinical outcome study will treat injured players from 2 local college baseball teams throughout the 2018 season. Some of the parameters that will be studied include pain scores using a visual analog scale, the use of analgesics and return to competition.
Stay tuned to this Blog for updates and additional information as the 2018 baseball season progresses. The results from this study will be used to help answer some of the lingering questions regarding this new and exciting therapeutic treatment modality. This study will help shed light on the future application of Whole-Body Cryotherapy to injured weekend warriors like you!