Which Ice Pack is Best for Your Back?

With so many ice packs and cold wraps being sold online, it's easy to get lost in the search for the best product. Websites such as eBay and Amazon are offering thousands of products, all of which are making wild claims and ludicrous offers. So, which is the best product for your injured back? Below, a list of our reviews and tests of the products we found for back injuries, and the real ratings we think they should get.

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One Size Fits All?

Everyone implies that their ice pack is superior, but are they really? It's confusing trying to find the right products for a "one size fits all" world. We have compiled a list of qualities that someone would generally look for in an ice pack to help with all of the confusion. Click here for a no-fail guide on what to look for in gel packs.

King Brand Back ColdCure Wrap

Comfortable and High Quality Wrap$59.99 - $64.95

King Brand Back ColdCure Wrap

The wraps offered by King Brand had the best performance, quality and treatment by far. This 'ColdCure' Back Wrap was made from a very comfortable, neoprene fabric and offered complete coverage for any type of back injury. It came with multiple gel backs for a non-stop cold therapy treatment and each of the gels had exceptional cold capacity. The wrap itself seemed to be made from high quality materials and didn't feel like a burden to wear. it was hard finding any flaws in this product and the King Brand Wrap was well deserving of our first place award.

Wraps Offered At: kingbrand.com

King Brand Large Body ColdCure Wrap

Extreme Size for Extreme Cooling$98.00 - $100.00

King Brand Large Body ColdCure Wrap

The King Brand 'ColdCure' Large Body Wrap is extreme in every way. Extreme size, extreme cooling, extreme compression and extreme coverage. Like the King Brand Back Wrap, the cold capacity of the gels in this product is very impressive, and the materials are comfortable and high quality. The very large size makes your back quickly feel relief. However, with greater size comes greater price, and the King Brand Large Body Wrap is by far the most expensive in our list. In many cases, it is worth considering spending a bit more on this wrap to get the extreme size and results that it guarantees.

Wraps Offered At: kingbrand.com

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ACE Compress Back Wrap Cold/Hot

Reliable But Not Exceptional Performance$15.46 - $27.65

ACE Compress Back Wrap Cold/Hot

The ACE Compress Back Wrap has decent performance, satisfied the most basic needs and didn't contain any significant flaws. However, the ACE Back Wrap didn't offer anything unique either, and the gel pack would easily slip out from its pocket. As a result, the compression and coverage of this wrap was not the strongest. The cold capacity is okay, but also not the best. To conclude, the ACE Back Wrap has very mediocre performance, making it an option to consider if you are concerned about price.

Wraps Offered At: amazon.com

Pro Ice Lumbar Low Back Wrap

Big Wrap, Tiny Treatment Area$49.36 - $59.95

Pro Ice Lumbar Wrap

Don't be fooled by pictures of the wrap that will lead you to believe you're going to get lots of cold coverage. While the Pro Ice Lumbar Wrap is quite large, the ice inside the wrap only covers a disappointingly small area. It seems like such a waste of fabric to limit the ice itself to such a small portion of the wrap. This means that the affected area of your back will only receive a fraction of the cold treatment it needs. The wrap itself is comfortable and fits well. The small amount of cold that's provided also lasts long enough for a decent treatment. Ultimately, the small coverage zone is a huge deal breaker for the price.

Wraps Offered At: amazon.com

ColPac Black Polyurethane Wrap

Uncomfortable and Cheap Materials$19.10 - $43.00

ColPac Black Polyurethane Wrap

It is surprising to see the poor quality of this wrap, considering it is one of the most popular online products for back injuries. The gel was very basic and held cold for a minimal time. The wrap itself is very rigid and bumpy. Another annoyance with the ColPac was that the wrap was made from cheap plastic materials which 'sweated' as the wrap warmed up, making this wrap impossible to use directly on the skin. It appears this wrap is also prone to leaks. With after 4 uses, the bag had split open. All in all, this was a pretty cheap ice pack that did very little to impress.

Wraps Offered At: braceshop.com

Pro Series Ice Wrap - Lower Back

Bulky & Leaky$34.99 - $49.99

Pro Series Ice Wrap - Lower Back

If you would like to recline or lie down during your treatments, this is not the product for you. It is extremely bulky and sticks pretty far out the back. It even makes sitting uncomfortable. The worst part about this product though was the leaking. It started leaking around the seal after only several uses. If you don't notice it leaking early on in treatment, it can lead to a huge mess. Unfortunately, nothing seems to work to fix the leaking problem. This product gets pretty cold, which is good. However, you need to wear a layer of clothing under it to avoid freezer burns on the skin. Use with caution!

Wraps Offered At: proseriesusa.com

Elasto-Gel Lumbar-Back Wrap

Gel Moves Around$43.90 - $91.09

Elasto-Gel Lumbar-Back Wrap

This wrap is definitely not worth the price. It only stays cold for a maximum of 15 minutes, and when it is cold, it's not nearly cold enough. While the wrap isn't uncomfortable, it's made of a satin-like material that the Velcro tends to catch on, causing the material to pull. It doesn't take many uses for this wrap to look like you've had it for years. The biggest negative though is the fact that the gel won't stay put. No matter what, it flows away from the injured area to other areas of the pack. As for the heat, it diminishes even faster than the cold, lasting only 10 minutes at a time.

Wraps Offered At: icewraps.com

Comfort Gel Pack (10x15 Size)

Low Quality Gel Prone to Leaks$10.15 - $11.95

Comfort Gel Pack (10x15 Size)

Though the low price and large coverage area may make this ice pack look appealing, there are many problems in this product that do not make the purchase worth the hassle. One of the largest flaws with this ice pack is it's tendency to tear and spring a leak. The film around the gel is very thin and easy to rip or tear. The internet is filled with reviews talking about how this gel pack began leaking within days of the purchase. In addition to this, the pack is very stiff and uncomfortable to use when frozen. This product is not worth purchasing for any price until those flaws are resolved. It is a great BETA attempt, and we look forward to seeing the next rendition for lots of improvements.

Wraps Offered At: amazon.com

Where to Buy

The above mentioned wraps are available in many places. Some popular sites that carry many different ice packs for your back injury needs are Amazon, eBay and Walmart. Also some of the wraps companies had their own websites for their products such as theKing Brand Products. Unfortunately, we could not find an back ice pack at Walgreens and did not find any Target ice packs.

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The term BFST stands for Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy and it was created by King Brand Health Care. Blood flow is very important to help heal injuries, and after years of research and development they have come up with a product that does just what it says. No other company can match what King Brand does. They are the only company on the market that can directly target injuries at a cellular level with no surgery or doctors visits needed. Of course it's important to visit the doctor when you've injured yourself, but their treatment modalities can be done in the comfort of your own home.

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tfcc partial tear right wrist

Hello Kingbrand community!

I have a partial tfcc tear (meniscus homologue) in my right wrist--for going on 4-5 months now--been bracing with wrist widget for last 9 weeks with good results--although pain is definitely still there (not as bad as before). Have you guys had any success with wearing this BFST wrist wrap to reduce/eliminate pain while TFCC is healing--it feels ok as long as I'm doing very little, slowly--but the moment I start moving faster it acts up--and just wondering any experiences with this condition using the BFST--or what others thoughts are on the possibility of reducing/eliminating the pain with this product?--whats the time frame from the time i start using it to when i can start seeing some improvements? seems worth a shot--
any suggestions?

Thanks
Tony

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

Tony,

Thank you so much in your interest in King Brand. By using the BFST product for your TFCC, it will promote and accelerate your healing process with regular use.  We always recommend treating with cold therapy to get and keep inflammation down to enable the blood to flow through more freely.  By keeping the inflammation down and using the BFST to stimulate nutrient rich blood flow through the affected area, you will see much quicker results compared to doing nothing.  Try to rest as much as possible and use more cold on the days it acts up.
It is hard to give you an idea on time frame for healing as there are so many variables.  It depends on how severe it is, your day to day activity as well as your commitment to the treatment.  With regular use you will see improvement and results within a couple weeks.  You will not be 100% healed, but you will more than confident you are on the right track.

For so many people it is worth a shot to use these products as we have seem great success for a variety of ailments and injuries.

We wish you all the best and please let us know if you have any further questions.  I have also included a link to more information on TFCC injuries and treatment.
http://kingbrand.com/Triangular-Fibrocartilage-Tears.php?REF=34PV192 ;

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

Ashley

thanks for your response--you mention in a couple weeks with proper use of BFST I will be on the right track to healing--my question I guess is-- should I also continue splinting with the Wrist Widget in between BFST treatments, or will that cut down blood flow? Mabe i'll just wear it a little looser as the splinting has been helping the healing process so far--anyways what is your professional recommendation?

Thanks
Tony

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

Wearing braces definitely help throughout the healing process and I would recommend still using them as long as they are not tight enough to restrict any blood flow.  The purpose of the brace would be to help prevent over straining and re-injuring. You do not want to compress the wrist at all, you want to keep optimal blood flow through the area.

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

Oh OK

sounds good--will do--also wanted to ask--I started prolotherapy about 2 weeks ago as I'm trying to eliminate the pain hopefully soon--do you think it's ok to use the BFST in conjunction with the prolo? I will be going in for my 2nd round of prolo in approx 2 weeks

thanks again
tony

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

BFST will not interfere with the prolotherapy.  However, after this I would assume you would need to use cold therapy to get the inflammation down after any injections.  Talk with your physical therapist regarding the time expectation after a treatment before you start stimulating the blood flow again.  I would assume at least 48-72 hours.

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

I assumed the same, except for prolo--the DR told me to not ice it--let the initial healing phase take place then use heat and fish oil--I have to ask him tough if i tweak it or anything after the first 72 hours I should be able to use the ice--I'd assume so--but with this injury--its tough
thanks

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

just a quick update: going in for 3rd appt with PT today---hopefully this gets better soon-been using bfst everyday for the last 2 weeks-4 times a day and it feels better when in the brace, but not getting too much better overall--maybe I'll try a little more ice from here on out--trying to minimize the ice as doc says it's no good for the prolotherapy--I'm hoping only 1 more prolo shot (that would make it 3 shots overall) and then probably discontinuing that treatment and going with ice and bfst the rest of the way--for what its worth the doc did mention my tear was healing up a bit from 1st appt to 2nd appt--where I first began using BFST

The PT has made me stronger and lessened some pain, but there is still pain left--hopefully I can get to pain free soon

get better soon everybody!

you are in my prayers--please pray for me too.

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

Thank you for the update.  We always like hearing the progress of our customers.
Good luck going forward!

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

Wanted to note that I am trending upward and I do believe the BFST brace to be of help, especially after PT--where it definitely calms the area down, and i do feel better overall since using it, just still have good days and bad days.

Thanks KB community!
Get well soon everybody!

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

UPDATE: 2016 new year, new wrist???--thanks to King Brand, my (significant)partial TFCC tear is still not 100% but after 3-4 months of the BFST wrist brace 3-4 times a day, I'm inching closer, feel much better now--this BFST wrist wrap for sure works!!

last time I went to the doctor he said I was making "profound" progress with the injury and could see healing on the sonogram--that was 2 months ago, and I feel much better now. Not done yet but hopefully with another couple months treatment, this nasty injury will be truly behind me.

Thank You KB for a life changing product--I shoveled 2+ feet of snow last weekend and felt pretty good. Only thing my left forearm now is very sore as well nothing major, but it doesn't feel great--guess I'll use BFST for this injury too now!

I was skeptical, but seeing the progress I've made, I'm now hopeful and thankful!

Thanks Again KB
Feel better everybody!
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

Also don't underestimate the power of physical therapy, as that stretching and strengthening has been a huge help as well. Also taking fish oil, 3in 1 Gluc chond msm, turmeric, vitamin C. All this in combination with the BFST wrist wrap has been great--Have NOT taken an OTC anti inflammatory drug. Used ice sparingly (mainly after PT) as ice and anti inflammatories (for long term injuries, ice is still good for injuries that just happened) interfere with your body's normal healing process. Also self massage and keep the faith. KB has showed me we can heal ourselves! (with the right tools)

Best of health to all in 2016!
Thanks KB!

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

That is so wonderful to hear! Thank you so much tlinares for sharing your progress and updates with us!! We love hearing about our customer's progress and any feedback given.

So that other customers can benefit from your experience, we would love the chance to use your comments, for use on either our website or within other promotional and advertising materials. Please be advised that this is completely optional and it will be your name and state only that would be included with your review. All other personal information will be kept confidential. Can we share your results?

Kindest regards,
Amber

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

I have a question--over the last few weeks I've noticed that there is a plastic piece inside the BFST wrist wrap and when I wrap it around my wrist it touches the area that's injured and oftentimes as it rubs against my tfcc area it is painful--Lately I've been trying to wrap at an angle to avoid having the little plastic piece rub right against the most painful part of my injury--Is there another way around this? and what is that littles plastic piece--can it be taken out? I'm assuming no

Thanks
despite all this I've definitely seen improvement---just want to maximize it as there is still def pain

Tony

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

Tony,

I am not sure what you mean by a small plastic piece but I do know you should not be removing anything from the energy web.  All internal pieces of the web have a purpose and probably would not work if tampered with and would also void your 1 year warranty.
My only suggestion would be to try to manoeuvre the wrap and wear it in a different way to not have that piece over your injury.  The BFST stimulates the blood flow through that surrounding area so, if it is slightly off the injured spot it should still be beneficial.
Best of luck. Let us know if any further questions.

Kind Regards

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

"I am not sure what you mean by a small plastic piece"
Ashley about 3-3.5 inches down the energy web in the BFST wrist wrap, there is a 1/2 inch hard piece right in the center of the energy web. I can't see it as it's inside the energy web but I'm assuming it's plastic and it's uncomfortable. For the longest time I just assumed it hurt because my wrist still hurt but now as it gets better I'm noticing the pain inside the glove more and more and was just trying to nail it down--when I realized there is a hard piece of something--right in the center of the energy web

was hoping there was maybe a solution--guess not

I'll continue wrapping it at an angle which helps a bit--it's a bummer though because this thing is literally right over the part of my wrist that hurts the most-- :'(

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

Hi Tony,

Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done about the technology within the Energy Web, but I would recommend using the wrap directly around the wrist/tfcc area instead of up around the thumb. This will make it so you can move it around the wrist in any way it feels comfortable. Kind of like a cuff. I have included a link below that shows ways to use the wrap (mid page).

http://kingbrand.com/Wrist-Home.php

Kind regards,
Amber

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

ok sounds like a good idea i'll give it a try

thanks

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

ok cinco de mayo time peeps!! Just came back from physiotherapist (medical doctor specializing in rehab)

he did the sonogram, told me my TFCC is basically healed, the little bit of pain I'm still feeling he attributes to the new tissue remodeling-- (I had according to him about 3 tears that all healed)that may still take another 6 months or so to mature--anyways still no bowling or regular push ups (I stink at bowling anyways) and I can do push ups on push up bars, or  barbells instead of on my hands--so no big deal there. Of course this is all precautionary--Could probably get away with it but why risk it? Anyways a rather intense regimen of Kingbrand BFST wrist wrap, physical therapy, and careful upper body workouts with less weight have all contributed to my healing. Also vtamin C, Glucosamine chondroitin, msm (3 in 1 supplement) and fish oil have helped me out as well.

Hopefully I can be 100% real soon, but as of now I'm close enough to do pretty much everything I was doing pre-injury with only mild discomfort.

Thanks KB, hopefully some people can benefit from my experience a bit--I will continue to use Kingbrand BFST until I feel no pain, and probably for a couple months after that at least--getting close--can't wait!

Believe in yourself people, great things DO happen when you believe, NEVER STOP FIGHTING!

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

That is excellent news!!!!

I love that your physiotherapist recognized that healing takes time to "mature"!

I am including a link with info on that topic for everyone else following your journey:

http://kingbrand.com/Healing-Time.php

Good luck in the future and thank you so much for the updates  :)

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

Just thought I'd give everyone an update--it seems like this thread gets a decent amount of views, so that means there are others in a similar ( I hope better predicament) than me----Still have not had surgery nor do I plan to. To be honest for the last 3 months or so I have stopped using BFST as my doc had informed me the ligament has basically healed and waiting on maturation of the tissue.--So the last 3 months I've been doing a lot more bracing with the wrist widget--and now my wrist is definitely better but still not 100% I thought the bracing would be the final straw for me as it would help the newly healed tissue to mature by decreasing the stress placed on it. Anyways I'm better but not all the way back. Right now there is a pain on the bottom of my wrist (ulnar side) not a stabbing or throbbing, but like a gravelly kinda weirdness that will disappear for a few days and then come back for like 2 days then the cycle kinda repeats but never quite the same.

Anyways just thought I'd give an update--some days I feel 95% some days 75% but mostly in between somewhere. Stay positive get an ultrasound by a physical rehab doc (usually sports Ortho) and do your bfst treatments. Also the bracing has helped and i feel like I should begin to switch off and do like 3 more months of bracing then go back to 3 months of bfst treatments with bracing at night only.

Anyways the combination of these treatmnets plus physical therapy has greatly improved my condition and I can go through my everyday with some minor pain--which is def an improvement. stay positive all it gets better!
Best wishes for a great 2017!
Tony

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

Great to hear Tony.  Thanks for following up.

Al the best.
Ashley

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

Is it possible to send a picture of the 'plastic' piece to our CS group?  That may help us identify the problem part and recommend a solution.

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

Hey

This thread got over 10,000 views wow--good we are helping people---OK I'm pretty much good to go now the pain has subsided for the most part most days--everything looks and feels a lot better now my wrist is finally healed! (well mostly). Thanks to Kingbrand for a wonderful product and I will say that over the course of the last few months I have been using mainly just the wrist widget but instead of wearing it so the ulna styloid is in the middle of the 2 straps I wear the WW down on the wrist a bit so that the top ww strap lines up with the bottom of the ulna styloid (the part closer to the forearm than the hand). This healing though was greatly aided by using the KB wrist wrap 3-4 times a day for quite some time I wanna say 10-12 months. I think looking back I probably could've made faster progress by doing the KB wristwrap treatment first thing in the morning then again at night. While wearing the WW as described above throughout the day (except for bathing) Anyways I feel much better now and am enjoying mostly pain free way of life again--thanks KB!

All my peeps with the TFCC tear--no worries--just get the KB wrist wrap and the wrist widget brace and find a treatment pattern either like what I described or whatever works for you--but you can heal this injury--just gotta be persistent--DOnt give up!

All my best to you

Tony

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

Also

guys I have been working out with 10 and 20 pound dumbbells every day for the last 3 months or so--I do chest and arms one day and back the next just quick 10-15 minute sessions but everyday--that has helped me greatly as well--I feel the strength coming back and the injury slowly fading away. I wanted to mention this as working out in this manner ( as opposed to targeted wrist PT) has aided in my recovery so much--where the wrist PT was ok but seemed to make things worse on occasion. These general workout sessions have been much better for me than the wrist PT. These workout sessions (in addition to KB and the WW) have provided me with the answer to my painful TFCC tear.

Hope this thread helps someone out there don't give up!

virtual hugs
Tony

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

Thanks KingBrand for a great product! I'm still feeling good-working out everyday.... I use the wrist bfst wrap to heal quick if I reinjure my wrist--and on top of that I got 2 back bfst wraps one for me and one for mom---for when those aches and pains flare up---your products have helped us heal our injuries..many thanks!
Peeps with the TFCC tear you're in the right place! Be persistent!

tools for success below...
1.) KB BFST (try to do 3 treatments a day if poss. (1st thing in morning, when you get home from work, and at night before bed)
2.) Wrist Widget (during the day while working)
3.) Light exercise (try NOT to target the wrist)--Just focus on getting the muscles surrounding as strong as possible (chest, back, biceps, triceps workouts with lower weight (10-20 lbs))
4.) a drugstore wrist brace that isn't too restrictive for sleeping in...
5.) a positive can-do attitude!

All my Best to you in 2018 and beyond
virtual hugs...
Tony

Re: tfcc partial tear right wrist

Evening Tony,

We're thrilled to hear about your success so far! Updates are always appriciated!

Rest is always an important process in healing, so make sure you listen to your body.

If you ever have any questions or concerns, you're always welcome to give us a call toll free at 1-844-400-2525.

Wish you all the best in this year and the years to come.

Keep up the great work,

Tobias

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