Global Cold Pain Therapy Market Size, Share, and COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Product (OTC and Prescription), By Application (Musculoskeletal Disorders, Post-operative Therapy, Sports Injuries, and Post-trauma Therapy), By Distribution Channel (Retail Pharmacies, Hospital Pharmacies, and E-Pharmacies), By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa), Analysis and Forecast 2022 – 2032

Industry: Healthcare


Global Cold Pain Therapy Market Insights Forecasts to 2032

  • The Global Cold Pain Therapy Market Size was valued at USD 1.76 Billion in 2022.
  • The Market Size is growing at a CAGR of 5.2% from 2022 to 2032
  • The Worldwide Cold Pain Therapy Market Size is expected to reach USD 2.92 Billion by 2032
  • Asia-Pacific is expected to grow fastest during the forecast period

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The Global Cold Pain Therapy Market Size is expected to reach USD 2.92 Billion by 2032, at a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period 2022 to 2032.


Market Overview

Cold Pain Therapy, or cryotherapy, is a technique that involves applying cold temperatures to the body to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. By constricting blood vessels and slowing tissue metabolism, it effectively numbs the area and provides relief from discomfort. This approach is commonly used for treating various injuries such as sprains, strains, and post-operative soreness. Methods of application include ice packs, ice baths, and cryogenic sprays. Cold pain therapy works by reducing nerve activity, thereby diminishing pain signals and swelling in the affected area. While generally safe and non-invasive, careful application is crucial to avoid frostbite. Its localized pain-relieving benefits and minimal side effects make it a valuable tool in pain management strategies.


Report Coverage

This research report categorizes the market for cold pain therapy market based on various segments and regions and forecasts revenue growth and analyzes trends in each submarket. The report analyses the key growth drivers, opportunities, and challenges influencing the cold pain therapy market. Recent market developments and competitive strategies such as expansion, product launch, and development, partnership, merger, and acquisition have been included to draw the competitive landscape in the market. The report strategically identifies and profiles the key market players and analyses their core competencies in each sub-segments of the cold pain therapy market.


Global Cold Pain Therapy Market Report Coverage

Report CoverageDetails
Base Year:2022
Market Size in 2022:USD 1.76 Billion
Forecast Period:2022-2032
Forecast Period CAGR 2022-2032 :5.2%
2032 Value Projection:USD 2.92 Billion by 2032
Historical Data for:2019-2021
No. of Pages:200
Tables, Charts & Figures:120
Segments covered:COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Product, By Application, By Distribution Channel, By Region 
Companies covered:: Beiersdorf AG, Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co., Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Rohto Pharmaceutical, Cardinal Health Inc., Bird & Cronin, Compass Health Brands, Medline Industries, Performance Health, Romsons Group of Industries, Unexo Life Sciences, Polar Products, Rapid Aid, Mueller Sports Medicine, Bruder Healthcare Company, Brownmed Inc., Medichill, ThermoTek, Inc., and Other key venders
Pitfalls & Challenges:COVID-19 Empact,Challenges, Future, Growth, & Analysis

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Driving Factors

The cold pain therapy market is driven by several key factors that contribute to its growth and adoption, the increasing prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries and orthopedic surgeries fuels the demand for effective pain management solutions. Cold pain therapy offers a non-pharmacological approach to pain relief, appealing to individuals seeking alternatives to medication. The growing awareness about the benefits of cold therapy among both patients and healthcare professionals plays a significant role. As more people recognize the advantages of reducing pain and inflammation without relying solely on medications, the demand for cold pain therapy rises. The expanding geriatric population is driving market growth. Elderly individuals are more susceptible to chronic pain conditions and may prefer drug-free pain management methods. Cold pain therapy provides a safer option, especially when considering potential drug interactions in this demographic. Furthermore, the rise in sports and recreational activities contributes to the demand for cold pain therapy. Athletes and fitness enthusiasts often experience injuries or muscle soreness, and cold therapy aids in quicker recovery, enhancing its appeal. The trend toward outpatient surgeries also influences the market. As more surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, patients are seeking effective and convenient pain relief options for post-operative care. Cold pain therapy fits this need by providing localized pain management. Advancements in technology have led to the development of innovative cold pain therapy products, such as wearable devices and automated systems, which attract consumers looking for modern and efficient solutions. At last, the expanding healthcare infrastructure and increasing disposable income in emerging economies drive the adoption of novel medical interventions, including cold pain therapy.


Restraining Factors

The cold pain therapy market faces certain restraints that impact its growth. Limited insurance coverage for cold pain therapy treatments can hinder its adoption, making it less accessible for some patients. Moreover, the potential risk of tissue damage, if not properly administered underscores the importance of proper training for healthcare professionals and proper usage instructions for patients. Additionally, the availability of alternative pain management methods and the need for consistent and prolonged application of cold therapy for optimal results might pose challenges to widespread acceptance. Economic constraints in certain regions could also limit market expansion.


Market Segmentation

  • In 2022, the OTC segment accounted for around 63.2% market share

On the basis of the product, the global cold pain therapy market is segmented into OTC and prescription. The over-the-counter (OTC) segment has emerged as the largest contributor to the cold pain therapy market. this dominance can be attributed to the convenience and accessibility offered by OTC products. These products, including cold packs, gels, and sprays, do not require a prescription and can be easily purchased by consumers for self-administration. The familiarity of OTC cold pain therapy products and the preference for quick and immediate relief have driven their widespread adoption. Additionally, the OTC segment aligns well with the growing trend of self-care and empowers consumers to manage their pain effectively without the need for medical intervention.


  • The musculoskeletal disorders segment held the largest market with more than 38.2% revenue share in 2022

Based on the application, the global cold pain therapy market is segmented into musculoskeletal disorders, post-operative therapy, sports injuries, and post-trauma therapy. The musculoskeletal disorders segment has emerged as the largest market contributor in the field of cold pain therapy. This can be attributed to the high prevalence of conditions such as sprains, strains, and arthritis, which often result in localized pain and inflammation. Cold pain therapy's ability to provide targeted relief by reducing blood flow and metabolic activity in affected tissues makes it a favored option for managing such disorders. As individuals seek non-invasive and drug-free pain relief solutions, the musculoskeletal disorders segment experiences a strong demand for cold therapy products, solidifying its prominent position within the market.


  • The E-pharmacies segment is expected to grow at a significant CAGR during the forecast period

Based on the distribution channel, the global cold pain therapy market is segmented into retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, and E-pharmacies. The E-pharmacies segment is poised for significant growth in the cold pain therapy market due to evolving consumer preferences and the convenience offered by online platforms. As digitalization continues to shape healthcare, consumers are increasingly turning to e-pharmacies for purchasing medical products, including cold pain therapy solutions. The ease of browsing and buying products online, coupled with doorstep delivery, appeals to a wide demographic. Moreover, the extensive product information available online assists consumers in making informed choices. The E-pharmacies segment's growth is propelled by its ability to cater to the demand for hassle-free accessibility and streamlined shopping experiences in the realm of cold pain therapy products.


Regional Segment Analysis of the Cold Pain Therapy Market

  • North America (U.S., Canada, Mexico) 
  • Europe (Germany, France, U.K., Italy, Spain, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, Rest of APAC)
  • South America (Brazil and the Rest of South America) 
  • The Middle East and Africa (UAE, South Africa, Rest of MEA)


North America dominated the market with more than 40.2% revenue share in 2022.



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North America dominates the cold pain therapy market with the largest market share due to several factors. The region boasts advanced healthcare infrastructure, a high prevalence of orthopedic injuries, and a growing geriatric population prone to chronic pain. Strong awareness of innovative medical treatments and high disposable income levels contribute to the adoption of cold pain therapy. Additionally, a proactive regulatory environment and significant investments in healthcare research and technology drive the development and availability of cutting-edge cold therapy products.


Asia-Pacific is expected for the fastest growth in the cold pain therapy market during the forecast period due to the large population, increasing healthcare expenditure, and rising awareness of advanced pain management methods contribute to this growth. As urbanization and sedentary lifestyles lead to a surge in orthopedic issues and injuries, the demand for effective pain relief solutions like cold therapy is expected to rise. Additionally, the expanding medical tourism industry and the adoption of innovative healthcare technologies further bolster the market's growth potential in the Asia-Pacific region.


Competitive Analysis:

The report offers the appropriate analysis of the key organizations/companies involved within the global cold pain therapy market along with a comparative evaluation primarily based on their product offering, business overviews, geographic presence, enterprise strategies, segment market share, and SWOT analysis. The report also provides an elaborative analysis focusing on the current news and developments of the companies, which includes product development, innovations, joint ventures, partnerships, mergers & acquisitions, strategic alliances, and others. This allows for the evaluation of the overall competition within the market.


List of Companies:

  • Beiersdorf AG
  • Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co., Inc.
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Pfizer
  • Rohto Pharmaceutical
  • Cardinal Health Inc.
  • Bird & Cronin
  • Compass Health Brands
  • Medline Industries
  • Performance Health
  • Romsons Group of Industries
  • Unexo Life Sciences
  • Polar Products
  • Rapid Aid
  • Mueller Sports Medicine
  • Bruder Healthcare Company
  • Brownmed Inc.
  • Medichill
  • ThermoTek, Inc.


Key Target Audience

  • Market Players
  • Investors
  • End-Users
  • Government Authorities 
  • Consulting and Research Firm
  • Venture Capitalists
  • Value-Added Resellers (VARs)


Recent Developments

  • In April 2022, Zixa Strong introduced a new oil-in-water FlashMicelle Technology with a dual-action formulation for rapid pain relief.


  • In March 2023, Aspen Medical Products, LLC, a pain management solution provider, established a strategic alliance with NICE, a leading manufacturer in the sports and injury rehabilitation area. The collaboration intends to provide patients and medical professionals with more accurate healing and pain management options.


Market Segment

This study forecasts revenue at global, regional, and country levels from 2019 to 2032. Spherical Insights has segmented the global cold pain therapy market based on the below-mentioned segments:


Cold Pain Therapy Market, By Product

  • OTC
  • Prescription


Cold Pain Therapy Market, By Application

  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Post-operative Therapy
  • Sports Injuries
  • Post-trauma Therapy


Cold Pain Therapy Market, By Distribution Channel

  • Retail Pharmacies
  • Hospital Pharmacies
  • E- Pharmacies


Cold Pain Therapy Market, Regional Analysis

  • North America
    • US
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • South America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Rest of South America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Qatar
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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