Carex Bed Buddy Joint Wrap, Large (2 Wraps)
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11 of 13 found the following review helpful:
Simply does not make a functional cold wrap. May 05, 2008
By Reverend Aaron
I have recently developed tendonitis in my wrist as a result of training in the martial art Aikido, in addition to other exercise. The cold packs I could find locally were such a disappointment- they were gel packs that could work as both hot and cold packs, but they were always thick and bulky, and because of their thick bulk wouldn't wrap around my entire wrist. I remember my mom having a cold pack that was maybe 4"x12" and about 1/3rd of an inch thick. That was a perfect cold wrap, one which had the "turning radius" to go around a wrist without getting bunched up and covering maybe half of my wrist.
Anyway, I agonized over this, spending long sleepless nights looking through Amazon, trying to find a Prime eligible item that would do what I needed. Then I found the Carex Bed Buddy, and I was quite excited- it looked like the perfect wrist/joint wrap, had good dimensions and a great price, the two pack was cheaper than many other single hot/cold wraps.
Fast forward, open the box. I'm immediately suspicious- instead of a thin gel or clay filled pad like I was expecting, it is a sack of a few parallel tubes containing rice or some heat-absorbing polymer. I tried making it cold, as per the directions, and it didn't work at all- it was about as cold as a pair of socks put through the same treatment. Didn't try the hot pack version, but I've no need to, and as soon as I gave it a few cool down tests, I decided I was going to return the item to Amazon.
The design is nice. A little bulky for a wrist, but the velcro holds well and you can get a good compression going on- it doesn't budge or slip off, or feel unevenly distributed. A shame that it doesn't work as a cold pack- if they did, I'd recommend these wholeheartedly.
Be forewarned- as a hot pack, this might work- reviews seem mixed on the Bed Buddy products Carex makes these days, some people like it and others don't. For me, the whole Carex line is worthless, as all I need is a few good cold packs for joint problems.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
GREAT PRODUCT!! Feb 14, 2008
By Michael Blohm
I first heard about these from a friend who is in a wheel chair. His Dr. told him to use these for his various aches and pains. I am pretty active and a fireman, so I tend to get sore from time to time. Heat is a great way to help with many pains and ailments and this item works fast and well. Very conforming and helpful. Highly recommended.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Bad product! Jan 02, 2012
By Carol M. Westfall
This is a bad product! Only on reading the very fine print directions did it mention the possibility of the product igniting in the microwave - which mine did, after 30 seconds in the micro! Very unfortunate, the wrap was for my 93-year-old mother, and I am so glad that she was not the one to place the wrap in the micro. Very dangerous! I am afraid to even try the larger over the shoulder wrap and I will send all back to the supplier.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
fine product Sep 01, 2008
By Yangyang Shi
not so excellent as a cold pack, but fine as a hot pack. flexible material that you can put around neck, joints, or ankles~
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Easy to use and great hot Aug 05, 2011
By Mommy Of 5
This is a great two pack! I use these for my arms (both at the same time) and also used them linked together for my abdomen and back after my hysterectomy. The velcro straps link together and then you have a nice long wrap!
They do smell funny when you use the microwave to heat them up. Not horrible, but funny. My kids did the running back and forth warming them up and they complained they smelled bad. I suppose every microwave is different so that could be why the 60 seocnds recommended for heating up wasn't really adequate. We did them together standing up on their sides curled around so that there was air movement all around. And it was usually acummulated time of 2.5 to 3 minutes to get them good and hot.
I have not used them as a cold pack. Cold is not helpful for my nerve injuries in my arms. I do recommend them for heat packs! Very easy to use.
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