I’m at an age where things start wearing down: joints, cartilage, etc. I used to be really active (dancing professionally, equestrian sports, etc.), and it has definitely taken its toll 40 years later. I’ve developed osteoarthritis and the most recent victim is my left hip. I’m trying to delay hip replacement surgery as long as possible, so I’m using exercise as well as cold therapy, and that’s where this FlexiKold Gel pack comes in. I’m working with a physical therapist, and this was one of the brands she recommended.
I have the “standard” size (10.5″ x 14.5″), and it’s the perfect size for my needs. It freezes quickly, is flexible, and stays cold longer than any of the other cold packs I’ve tried. It definitely helps with the inflammation and pain that comes from this condition.
I just ordered a second one in the same size so that I’ll have one in the freezer ready to go at all times. For the price, I couldn’t ask for a better solution. And I may invest in the half-size one for my shoulder (same condition, similar issues … ). Very satisfied with this purcahse.
– L Mountford
-osteoarthritis, hips, joints, muscles, lower back
SO MUCH better than the ACE piece of junk! Why? Because this FlexiKold pack has a nylon outer jacket and the edge seams are sewn, not glued or thermally fastened like the ACE large cold compress. I played ice hockey goal for 40+ years and finally had to quit due to all manner of L4/L5/S1 low back, rotator cuff and knee problems. I live on ice packs and NSAID’s after golf and the gym. The ACE packs last about 6 months before they pop a seam and the slimy cold pack guts coming slithering out, really greasy yet sticky goo. I’ve done that 4-5 times now in the past 2-3 years and it was a pain having the ACE packs leak so often and I got weary of stuffing them in a ZipLoc bag to prevent the goo from getting on my hands and clothes.
I noticed that my PT guy uses FlexiKold packs daily at his practice and he told me they last years with 4-5 a day of continuous use in his office. Saw the FlexiKold products on Amazon and I’m sold. If I run into problems down the road, I’ll report back but to my eye, the quality of the FlexiKold gel pack is far superior to the ACE products.
There is a photo of my ACE cold pack on top of the new FlexiKold pack. You can see that the edges of the ACE bandage are either glued or thermally sealed and when you put pressure on the pack like using it on your low back, the seam eventually splits open. The FlexiKold pack is in a ripstop nylon pack and the edges are sewn with a cloth edge all the way around. The FlexiKold is a bit more money upfront but if I’m not buying a new one every 6 months, it’s actually a lot cheaper.
Sports activist, lower back pain
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If you have back pain in your lower back for whatever reason this is extremely helpful. I was doing physical therapy for awhile and had some success but you need to pair this with hot/cold packs to get through it. This was very helpful.
– Lower back pain
Is there a 100 star rating? These gel cold pads are the BEST I’ve come across in over 18 years living with what feels like sitting in an inferno of pain in my lower back. After 3 neck surgeries for similar reasons as the pain in my lower back, I’ve bought most anything that claimed hope of relief even if it was for mere moments. Most cold pads that you keep in the freezer until use aren’t pliable enough to bend & conform to the curve of the lower back let alone stay cold for longer than 15-20 minutes. I’m a tall & thin woman who doesn’t have extra body surface area to keep those stiff pads in the right place.
Have been using these for two months now. Bought one to try & then bought another to have a swap out when I needed to continue to extinguish the inferno like pain. Now I have five of these & my friend just bought one for her husband. They are well made, seams aren’t stiff & don’t poke you with pain as others do coming straight from the freezer. They hold their max cold temp almost a full two hours. After that, the cold lasts about two more hours getting about half as cold as when you took it from the freezer. When I go to swap for the next pad, the one just used is still quite cool to touch & would keep anyone comfortable on a hot day to have it in a chair behind their back.
PLEASE: if you have this inferno, fire type nerve pain in your back or anywhere else, walk straight pass the other cold gel pads & buy these.
Honestly can’t think of a product of bought in years I’ve been more excited to have. With the government taking away needed pain medication, these gel pads are now my greatest source for relieving the pain. I bought these with my own money, no endorsement or anyone asked me to review this product. Was pure luck to have found these on Amazon & figured I’ve tried all others, why not one more?
Tip: I wrap a clean dish towel or slip it in a clean tee shirt before placing it around my back to avoid tissue damage on skin.
– Lower back pain, nerves