Ice or Heat for Injury, Which is Best?

ice or heat for injury

Ice or heat for injury, Which one should I use? I’ve had to use ice packs and heating pads many times in my life, and will no doubt use them again; hopefully not too many times. Sooner or later just about all of us will need some pain relief. Whether to use ice or heat for injury or pain can be confusing, so I asked the experts.

“Both heat and cold can help reduce pain. However, it can be confusing to decide which is more appropriate at any given time.

These basic rules may help: Use cold for acute pain or a new swollen/inflamed injury.

Use heat for chronic pain or an injury that is a day or more old.”

Source: Healthline Treating Pain With Heat or Cold

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Patient Ice and Heat Treatment for Injuries (below) is also an excellent article to read when making a decision on whether to use heat or cold for pain treatment I especially like the precautions the site gives when using these remedies.

 

Do not use cold packs or heat:

  • Over areas of skin that are in poor condition.
  • Over areas of skin with poor sensation to heat or cold.
  • Over areas of the body with known poor circulation.
  • If you have diabetes.
  • In the presence of infection.

Source: Patient Ice and Heat Treatment for Injuries

Be sure to Bookmark this page, come back for the resources above, and the handy infographic below. The Cleveland Clinic published the infographic, and it makes knowing what to use on an injury easy.

Source Should You Use Ice or Heat for Pain? (Infographic) – Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic

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Be careful out there, see you soon!

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David Robinson

Hi, I'm David Robinson. I grew up in Kansas City, Mo. and now live in Los Angeles. I enjoy writing and started this blog to share news and info I discover on the web. I also like cooking an occasional meal or two. Subscribe to my blog and come along for the ride. Curiosity makes us grow!


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