Breg Polar Care 500 Cold Therapy Unit

Breg Polar Care 500 Cold Therapy Unit
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  • Sad but true - the Polar Care 500 has just been discontinued (sniff, sniff).  Checkout the NEW Breg Polar Care Glacier for the same size cooler and the same functionality as the PC500.

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The Breg Polar Care 500 represents the most recognized unit in the Breg family of continuous cold therapy devices.  It features a unique temperature monitoring thermometer embedded in the outlet water hose to adjust the flow and display an accurate reading from 35 - 70 degrees. The cooler holds 11 quarts making it one of the largest available, and provides 8-10 hours of treatment before needing a fresh supply of ice and water. The Polar Care 500 is extremely reliable and features a detachable pump that is separate from the cooler thus allowing for easier replacement unlike other models.  It is held in place inside the cooler with a simple plastic hanger that keeps it positioned properly inside. The Polar Care 500 is shipped factory sealed, ready for immediate use.  Simply choose the desired optional pad from the pulldown menu to complete your purchase. 

Breg Polar Care 500 Features:

  • Included in this package: cooler, pump, transformer, bowtie and pump holder.  WrapOn pads are sold separately - make your choice on the pull-down menu.
  • System easily connects to a polar wrap-on pad with self sealing couplings.
  • Polar Care 500 has an easy temperature control thermostat that adjusts the temperature by speeding up or slowing down the flow of cold water through the unit- 35 to 70 degrees.
  • The pump has an industry-wide track record for reliability and can be replaced individually instead of having to purchase a brand new system.
  • All parts of the unit can be individually replaced making it more economical to replace worn out parts.
  • At 11 quarts, it has the largest capacity cooler of any cold water therapy unit, and provides 8 - 10 hours of continuous cold. 
  • Pads use elastic straps that wrap around and secure in place with velcro straps.
  • We offer every available pad to compliment your Polar Care 500 purchase.
  • Click to see our Polar Care 500 cold therapy return policy.
  • FREE BONUS: hospital bed hangars are included in every machine; keeps the cooler conveniently attached to the hospital bed and reduces strain on the pump.
  • Non-returnable merchandise for patient protection.
Wrapon Pad Choices:  See sizing chart for detailed information
  • Knee: Regular, Large or XL .
  • Shoulder: Regular or XL.
  • Multi-use XL or Multi-use XL, Long Stem
  • Back with Extra Long Straps
  • Ankle
  • Hand/Wrist

Please carefully read before purchasing this product:

I am currently under the treatment of a physician who has prescribed this Polar Care 500 product. I will read and carefully follow the manufacturer's directions provided with the unit. I understand that I will assume all responsibility for the use/misuse of this unit. I will contact my physician immediately in the case of any untoward reactions caused by use of this unit. I understand that is only a distributor and in no way assumes responsibility for any injury it may cause due to malfunction, misuse, inappropriate application, or other reason. By clicking "Add to Cart" you certify that the above statement(s) is/are true.


  • Edema.
  • Swelling.
  • Post-surgical use.
  • For cooling down a joint after an intense workout.
Sizing chart

Most Breg WrapOn Polar Pads and Polar Pads are universal (fits right and left sides) and will fit adults of any size. Below are types of pads that are sized ie the exceptions to that rule:

  • Knee (Regular) 04700 - Fits up to 5' 7".
  • Knee (Large) 04703 - Fits 5' 8" to 6' 3".
  • Knee (XL) - 04705 - Fits 6' 4" and taller and/or very heavy individuals. Pad width 18"
  • Shoulder (Universal) 04900 - Universal size fits most all adults.
  • Shoulder (XL Universal) 04905 - Intended for very large or heavyset adults.
  • Multiuse XL (04790) - Versatile pad conforms relatively well on most body parts. Pad width 10"
  • Multiuse XL with long stem (04740) - same as above pad, but the hose is a few inches. longer.
  • Polar Care 500 systems are built to provide cold therapy for 8 to 11 hours without having to refill the ice or water.
  • The 500 unit weighs 5 lbs when empty and 21 lbs when filled with ice and water.
busted knee
I just want to tell you how wonderful the breg polar care 500 has been for me. I fell 4 years ago and broke my leg so badly that I had to learn to walk all over again...I still walk with a limp. Then, last year I had to have my knee replaced on my bad leg and that is when I was given the polar 500 while I was in the hospital. I use this every night because my knee swells up like a large baseball. The relief is unbelievable! Thank you so much for this product...
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Q&A for Breg Polar Care 500 Cold Therapy Unit

  • From Pam
    • Q: Hello, is the Polar Care Therapy System billable to Medicare? And if so, what is the correct HCPC code to use?
    • A: Hi Pam,

      Medicare stopped paying for all cold therapy back in the 80's so unfortunately Medicare will not cover any of the Polar Care systems. This product is a cash and carry product for patients. DME-Direct warehouses the complete line of coolers, pads, and replacement parts for these devices instead of drop-shipping orders through the manufacturer which can result in lengthy, ununnecessary shipping delays for consumers, patients, and physicians.
    • So far 127 persons found this question helpful

  • From chris
    • Q: I am considering either 500 or Kodiak for my rotator cuff post-surgery recovery.
      1. Which one is easier to use?
      2. Is there a timer ?
      3. Is there in/off mechanism?
      4. How easy is it to plug in/out the shoulder pad with one hand?
      5. How easy is it to put should pad on/off with one arm?
      5. Does shoulder pad stay in place or do I need to buy a wrap?
      6. Is there a user manual PDF I can look at?

    • A: Hi Chris,

      1) Both the Polar Care 500 and Kodiak are "plug and play" style units. Simply connect their 3 prong adapters and they will start to run. The Kodiak automatically controls the temperature in the pad while the Polar Care 500 has an adjustable thermostat halfway down the length of the outflow hose for raising or lowering the temperature. Turn the flow valve on the thermostat to increase the flow of water to make it colder; slow down the flow of water to make the pad warmer. 2) Both units do not have any sort of timer. 3) Plugging in the 3 prong wall adapter serves as the formal on and off switch. Disconnect it and the pump stops. 4) The ease of putting on the shoulder pad is really dependent on the amount of shoulder mobility you have after surgery. Most people are able to apply the shoulder pad by themselves or with a minimal amount of assistance from a family member/friend. 5) Both units feature easy to use push style connectors that anyone can fit after surgery - they take maybe 1 lb of force to connect the pad to the hose - very simple. 6) The wrap-on pads for the 500 and the intelli-flo pads for the Kodiak both have velcro compatible "wraps" to hold the pad in place on your shoulder, and their attachment points are numbered on the pad itself to eliminate and guesswork. 7) Each unit comes with a manual that goes over safeguards, and operation as mentioned on our product page - we do not have a pdf page of the product's manual here on our site, but you can always chat live or phone us if you have any additional questions that need answers.
    • So far 121 persons found this question helpful

  • From Lisa
    • Q: Is there a way I can order a new "bow tie" piece for my unit? If so, can you tell me how much. Thanks.
    • A: Hi Lisa,

      Sorry to be the bearer of bad news: All replacement parts including bow ties for the Polar Care 500 have been discontinued and no longer available for this device. The only thing still available are the Wrap-on style pads as they have the same male-female connector as that found on the new Polar Care Glacier (the device that has replaced the old Polar Care 500)
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