Frequently Asked Questions

What are Acute Injuries?

Acute injuries are sudden, sharp, traumatic injuries that occur immediately (or within hours) and cause pain (possibly severe pain). Most often acute injuries result from some sort of impact or trauma such as a fall, sprain, or collision and it's pretty obvious what caused the injury. Acute injuries also cause common signs and symptoms of injury such as pain, tenderness, redness, skin that is warm to the touch, swelling and inflammation. If you have swelling, you have an acute injury.

What are Chronic injuries?

Chronic injuries can be subtle and slow to develop. They sometimes come and go, and may cause dull pain or soreness. They are often the result of overuse, but sometimes develop when an acute injury is not properly treated and doesn't heal.

What does Hot therapy do?

Hot therapy opens blood vessels, which increases blood flow, minimizes pain and relaxes muscles.

What is Hot therapy used for?

Hot therapy is used on injuries after swelling and inflammation have subsided. It's also used following cold therapy to treat pulled or torn muscles and tendons. Hot therapy at slightly lower temperatures, sometimes called "warm" therapy, can be applied to infants and patients with poor circulation to increase blood flow and raise the veins, making blood draws  and I.V. therapy easier and less traumatic.

What does Cold therapy do?

Cold therapy slows down blood flow to an injury, which reduces swelling and pain.

What is Cold therapy used for?

Cold therapy is used to reduce inflammation and swelling by lowering skin temperature. It also helps relieve pain by numbing injured tissues and reducing muscle spasms. It is important to apply cold therapy to an injured area as soon as possible to keep swelling to a minimum.

Is there any need for accessories such as coolers or microwave ovens?

ELFcare's precision temperature calibration offers exact and stable treatment - no need for hot or cold packs, microwave ovens or cooling systems.

Can I continue treatment at home?

With ELFcare you can program the unit to carry out a complete series of treatments. ELFcare's recall ability will report what treatment was actually carried out, and when.

Can ELFcare be used in sports medicine?

Since ELFcare is compact and portable, it is especially suitable for sports medicine, as treatment can be carried out in the gym or during time-out at the soccer finals.

I'm traveling a lot. Will I be able to carry on with treatment during trips?

ELFcare is easy to carry, aesthetic and unobtrusive. Yoy can travel with ELFcare wherever you goes.

How long do the batteries last?

It depends on the program of the device setting. Usually the battery is sufficient for at least one hour of treatment at maximum power consumption. Thanks to ELFcare's recall ability, memory is retained by the unit even in the case of battery failure or replacement.

Has ELFcare gone through any kind of clinical tests? How does it rank in comparison with other methods?

ELFcare's synergistic combination of cold, heat and electrotherapy is clinically proven to be one of the most effective treatment methods currently available for pain relief and rehabilitation.