The Game Ready Cold Therapy System is a medical device that applies continuous freezing-cold temperatures to injured body parts through a compression pad. Unfortunately, patients who use the product may become numb and fail to realize they they are suffering frostbite, skin necrosis, nerve damage, and other serious injuries.
What is the Game Ready Cold Therapy System?
CoolSystems Inc. markets and manufactures the Game Ready Cold Therapy System, a medical device that consists of an ice-filled cooler that pumps freezing water into compression pads, which are wrapped around injured body parts. The Game Ready is designed to reduce pain and swelling by providing up to eight hours of freezing temperatures.
CoolSystems claims that the Game Ready can “speed up workout recovery and stimulate tissue repair,” with a system that regulates cold temperatures and “prevents tissue damage.” Our lawyers are concerned that these marketing claims are not accompanied by adequate warnings about the dangers of cold therapy.
Problems and Complications of the Game Ready Cold Therapy System
Unfortunately, patients who use the Game Ready Cold Therapy System may become numb and fail to realize they they are suffering frostbite, skin and nerve damage, and other serious injuries. This can occur even at temperatures above freezing.
The problem with cold compression therapy is that it is intended to reduce pain by deadening nerves — the compression inhibits blood-flow into an injured area, which slows down nerve impulses. Over time, the lack of circulation may cause the body part to become very cold. This can lead to severe skin and nerve damage. Despite the serious risks, the Game Ready does not come with alarms or automatically turn off when it gets too cold or is used for too long.
Game Ready Injuries and Side Effects
- Skin and nerve damage
- Tissue death (necrosis)
- Infection of necrotic tissue
- Chronic pain, numbness, tingling, or desensitization
- Need for skin grafts and reconstructive surgery
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSDS)
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
- Permanent disfigurement or disability