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Appropriate Ice Heat Head Injuries
Pain Recommendations: Ice is used acutely to limit or diminish swelling. Inflammation or swelling is a leading reason a certain tissue is painful. Heat is used to relax muscles. It is often an immediate way to relieve pain so that less oral medication is needed. For joint pain....Either of these treatments may not help much given how deep in the tissues joints are. ...Read more
Depends: If you have a recently injured tmj, ice is the first thing to try. If that isn't helpful or if the injury is more than a few days old, try heat. If that doesn't help, try alternating ice and heat. If none of these help, get it looked at to make sure it doesn't require splint therapy or surgery. After evaluation, other modalities like neuromuscular massage may be helpful. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Follow rule of thumb: Unless it's a traumatic nerve injury caused by isolated surgical manipulation or other complications then, nerves are usually traumatized in the company of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone, ; other soft tissues. Thermal therapy intervention then, should be similar to how muscle strains and sprains are treated. Ice x 72hrs followed by soothing heat ; maybe some electrical stim. If possible. ...Read more
Ice or heat: both work well , some people will try one then find the other works better or alternate.try biofreeze too [wash hands well or can burn the eyes if touch eyes after on fingertips] try excedrin or tylenol/aleve or advil for pain too . if worse see your dr. or not better ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Esophagus: After a bypass your stomach can only hold a small amount of food or liquid . Any excess stays in the esophagus . It isn't supposed to be there so the esophagus cramps up trying to force the food down . These spasms are a strong message to stop putting so much into your mouth . Please contact your primary provider to evaluate this further if it dosen't resolve soon ...Read more
Cold: Ice is generally used in the "acute" setting after an injury to reduce inflammation by restricting blood flow to the area. The "acute" timeline is not truly defined but acute can be considered upto a week after injury. Afterwards both cold and heat can be used. Rememeber ice it down after irritation from injury or activity. Heat it up to initiate circulation and healing or before exercise/therapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No harm: No harm in trying. More traditional deep heating techniques include ultrasound and can be soothing for any muscle injury. Soothing however does not mean it is aiding in the actual healing...Only making it more comfortable so that your body can potentially mend itself. If not improving then see your doc. ...Read more
For a head bruise/contusion, how many hours after the injury can I apply heat? How many times & how many minutes each time?Use heat for how many days?
No set rules: To minimize swelling after an injury, cold applications are recommended for 24 to 48 hours and then switch to warm applications for 20 minutes every few hours. The heat increases blood supply and breaks down blood clots under skin and promotes healing. Wrap the ice and the hot packs in a towel when applying. Discontinue the warm applications when soreness improves which is usually after several day. ...Read more
Heat back of my head( a little blood came) and feel dizziness and nausea after injury? Is it normal ?
Pain btwn shoulders & in chest for 5 days. Tried ice, heat & NSAIDS. No Cardiac history & BP normal. Long road trip before onset. Head to ER??
What r the treatments to fix a pinched nerve in the neck and is ice or heat better to diminish the pain I have severe neck and head pain on the left?
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I have a neck pain issue, seeing drs/pt. Heating pad on neck makes my head instantly throb. Drs are confused. Ice is fine. Had Prednisone, no help?
Uncertain ? Diagnosi: Need to know the diagnosis. We see this kind of problem in a lot of situations that you need a better diagnosis to clarify your therapy. It depends on examination the range of motion of your neck and even the muscle tone in myofascial tender points. You may well need imaging, x-rays and even injections. ...Read more
Hi ER drs :) what are good places to ice in order to prevent/cure minor heat stroke? How's top of head, forehead, back of head, neck, armpits? Others?
Heat stroke : Ice is not recommended for heat stroke. The putative mechanism is that the vasoconstriction it induces may delay heat loss. Luke warm water is recommended to the entire body with more emphasis in the groin and Scilla where the deep blood vessels can help with heat dissipation ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ice: Cool objects decrease blood flow and thus reduce swelling ...Read more
I have hard ridge like knot? Bump? Where I hit my forehead on a metal edge 2.5 weeks ago. What is it? Permanent? Ice? Heat? Massage?
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I have a swollen gland j=on the left side of my face just below the back of my jaw. How do I treat this? Ice or heat?
Hematoma or under skin scar tissue? Hurts to push on it? On my incision. What can I do to make it feel better? Meds don't help ice/heat don't help.
Scarring: Hematomas are collections of blood underneath the skin but worse than a bruise. The skin will often have a bluish hue over the site, feel thick, and often is tender. If it's a hematoma & getting larger you should go back to see your doctor soon. Initially it is normal to feel tender & thickening under a scar but this should improve the further out you are from surgery. Massage and time will help. ...Read more
Tripped and fell on the floor on my face&hurt my knees.Right knee has had fluid but condition has improved.Use ice or heat on it?It has been 7 days.
Knee Derangement: Hi MirandaD, I see you feel on the floor and hurt your face and knee. The r knee had fluid but has improved over the last 7 days. Might need Xrays MRI if no improvement. I would get a knee compression brace from the pharmacy it will keep the fluid down. Prop the knee up and take the Tylenol for pain. Use ice pack if it is swelling or warmth if back to normal. Dr Lori Lange-Pennsylvania ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Face and around eye swollen what to do it been 3 days I been using ice and heat and also I have small bumps around my eye could be heat bumps help?
Pain, upper left butt cheek. Not a cyst. Hurts to move lower body. Heat/ice doesn't help. No stretch helps. Advil=temporary relief. Lasted 3 months?
Gluteal pain: Gluteal pain can be caused by various conditions. A few of the common ones: gluteus medius muscle strain (can cause pain in the upper outer buttock), referred pain from the lumbar spine (i.E a pinched nerve). Other causes can be piriformis syndrome, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, hip disorder, and others. Discuss with your md for a thorough history, exam, diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fell on my knees&nose.Hurt my wrist,nose,&knees.How many hours/days after accident do I use ice on my wrist&knees?Can I use heat towel after 7 days?
Until swelling stops: Usual recommendation is to apply ice (never directly on skin) 20 minutes on / 20 minutes off until swelling resolves. After that, use which ever (ice vs heat) feels better. Obviously, if symptoms persist, seek medical attention to rule out fracture or other serious injury. ...Read more
After putting ice directly on skin with heat rash, i developed itchy rash where blisters are joined red and itchy.was not itchy before it.whats this?
Cold urticaria: Rarely, you can develop hives due to Exposure to cold temperature. This is called cold urticaria. Though usually harmless, if the reaction affects the whole body, it could turn out to be as serious as any other allergic reaction. Please consult your doctor for some needed tests or to carry medication to deal with an emergency. ...Read more
Hurt my jaw, used a heat pack, now have ringing in my ears. Is it possible that the heat pack has hurt my hearing or is it due to my injury to the jaw?
The jaw Injury!: Although the mechanisms are still unclear, 5-10% of all cases of tinnitus, (ringing in the ear), are felt due to head injury (jaw included. It may be a result of damage to the cochlear hair cells in the ear, but unknown. I suggest you speak with your physician. You may need further testing, or a referral to an ear, nose and throat specialist if they don't prefer to manage this type of condition. ...Read more
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