A 60-year-old male asked:
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treatment for muscle spasm by rib cage area. do you need cold compress or heat.?

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Dr. Frank Holmes
22 years experience Sports Medicine
Either: Cold/ice applied for 15-20 minutes can reduce pain and inflammation and is usually my preferred form of "modality" treatment. Heat, can reduce spasm, but spasm is often a secondary response to injured or inflamed tissue. Heat often feels better during application, but symptoms often do not improve as the heat can promote continued inflammation.
Answered on Jan 12, 2017
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