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is it better to use heat or cold for my back pain?

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Dr. Paul Slosar
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Both: Ice tends to be a bettter pain reducing modaltiy and heat tends to loosen up the muscles. Many patients do alternating treatments.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Gabor Racz
22 years experience Anesthesiology
Heat: Heat for muscle spasm, cold or ice rub for nerve pain.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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