Indications and Contraindications



  • Decrease the risk of Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Aid the blood flow back to the heart
  • Treat and assist healing of cutaneous ulceration (wounds), reduce wound healing time, enhance arterial circulation (blood flow), reduce compartmental pressures, reduce edema (swelling), reduce the need for anticoagulant (blood thinning) medications
  • Treatment of pain and swelling of acute periarticular processes, treatment of pain and swelling following mobilization of shoulder stiffness under anesthesia, treatment of pain and swelling postoperatively for bones, joints and soft tissue, treatment of pain and swelling caused by musculoskeletal contusions and athletic injury
  • Treatment of disorders associated with vascular or lymphatic insufficiency such as Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), venous stasis ulcers, post mastectomy edema and chronic edema
  • Reduction of edema associated with soft tissue injuries such as ligament sprains, postoperative edema, and burns

The Recovery+ and DVTherapy should not be used in the following instances

  • Presumptive evidence of Congestive Heat Failure (CHF)
  • Suspected/observed pre-existing Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism
  • Suspected/observed deep acute and venal thrombosis (phlembothrombosis)
  • Suspected/observed inflammatory phlebitis process
  • Suspected/observed pulmonary edema
  • Suspected/observed acute inflammations of the veins (thrombophlebitis)
  • Suspected/observed decompensated cardiac insufficiency
  • Suspected/observed arterial dysregulation
  • Suspected/observed erysipelas
  • Suspected/observed carcinoma and carcinoma metastasis in the affected extremity
  • Suspected/observed decompensated hypertonia
  • Suspected/observed acute inflammatory skin diseases or infection
  • Suspected/observed venous or arterial occlusive disease
  • Determine venous and lymphatic return is undesirable
  • Suspected/observed patient has Raynaud’s Disease
  • Suspected/observed poor peripheral circulation
  • Suspected/observed hypersensitivity to cold
  • Patient therapy contact on extremity containing a fracture
  • Extremities that are sensitive to pain

It is also not recommended that the devices be used on a limb where the wraps would interfere with open wounds, vein ligation, gangrene, dermatitis, recent skin graft, massive edema, or extreme deformity of the leg.  The devices should not be used where increased venous or lymphatic return is undesirable.