Both the Breg Polar Care Wave and Breg VPulse machines are cold therapy with compression therapy systems that use ice water to reduce swelling, pain, and inflammation.
The main difference between the Breg Polar Care Wave and Breg VPulse machines is that the VPulse also provides active compression therapy for DVT prophylaxis .
Active DVT compression therapy uses regular pulses of air to push against the skin, which helps to improve blood flow and reduce swelling. The Polar Care Wave does not provide active DVT compression therapy.
Here is a table summarizing the key differences between the two machines:
|Feature||Breg Polar Care Wave||Breg VPulse|
|Cold Therapy and Compression||Yes||Yes|
|Active DVT compression therapy||No||Yes|
|Compression level||Adjustable (25 mmHg or 50 mmHg)||Adjustable (25 mmHg or 50 mmHg)|
|Pads Available||Universal, Standard Knee, Large Knee, Shoulder, Ankle, Back and Hip||Universal, Standard Knee, Large Knee, Shoulder, Ankle, Back and Hip|
|Weight||4.4 lbs||6.2 lbs|
|Ice Bottles||Not Included||Included|
|Extension Tubing||Not Included||Included|
In general, the Breg VPulse is a more advanced machine than the Breg Polar Care Wave. It offers the added benefit of active DVT compression therapy, which can be more effective at reducing swelling and pain. However, the VPulse is also more expensive.
The best machine for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. If you are looking for a basic cold therapy machine, the Breg Polar Care Wave is a good option. If you are looking for a machine that offers the added benefit of active DVT therapy with cold compression, the Breg VPulse is a better choice.
If you are reading this because of the nationwide back-order of the Breg Polar Care Wave, you will be upgraded to the Vpulse unit at no additional cost to you.