Many of our patients have asked if an ice pack or heating pad is appropriate to treat their acute and/or chronic injury.
Some are unsure how long the treatments should last.
Here’s the answer…
❄Ice Treatment ❄
📍commonly used for acute injuries (within the last 48 hours) where swelling is the issue.
📍applying an ice pack early and often for the first 48 hours will help control pain and swelling
📍may also be used for chronic injuries (e.x. overuse injuries in athletes).
📍an athlete with an overuse injury should ice the injured area AFTER activity NEVER BEFORE activity
👎NEVER place ice directly on an injury.. keep the pack moving to avoid ice burns
👎NEVER treat the injury with ice for more than 30 minutes. Be sure to remove the pack immediately if the injured area appears bright pink/red
👎NEVER use ice packs on the left shoulder if you have a heart condition, and do not use ice packs around the front or side of the neck
📍commonly used for chronic conditions (e.x. overuse injuries) to help relax tissues and stimulate blood flow to the area
📍applying a heat pack for conditions such as overuse injuries before participating in activities is ideal.
👎NEVER use heat where swelling is involved, it will just cause more bleeding in the tissue
👎NEVER leave heating pads/towels on for extended periods of time or while sleeping
Other Notes For Cold Or Heat Packs:
Do Not Use These Packs:
👎over areas of skin that are in poor condition, with poor sensation to heat/cold, or with known poor circulation
👎if you have diabetes
👎in the presence of infection
Make it a great day! 💪😊👍