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does ice help with acute lumbosacral back strain?

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Dr. Will Moorehead
51 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes: For acute strain/sprain injuries, ice should be used in the first 48 hours to help reduce swelling and decrease pain. In chronic injuries, it should be used following exercises, this will help reduce inflammation. There is no need to apply the ice for longer than 20 minutes.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013

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