A 22-year-old male asked:
how does adding ice help an injury?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Kenneth Tepper answered
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Decreases blood flow: Ice contricts blood vessels and blood flow so less inflammation will occur.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012
Dr. Thomas Namey answered
47 years experience Rheumatology
Ice soon, not later!: Icing soon after injury decreases the inflammatory response in many ways, and also decreases the potentially increased blood flow, which enhances pain. However, icing is necessary acutely. If the pain of injury persists, warming helps!
Answered on Nov 26, 2013
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