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Will ice / heat therapy help a strained sternum?

Will ice / heat therapy help a strained sternum?

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

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Heat or cold on dislocated shoulder?

Heat or cold on dislocated shoulder?

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 more

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Would ice/heat therapy help relieve a strained sternum?

Would ice/heat therapy help relieve a strained sternum?

Try: I do not know how severe is the lesion in your sternum. Assuming is not serious...In general ice or heat (topical) works as antiinflammatory. Inmediately to injuries we prefer cold so if there is any bleeding will stop. After few hours heat or warmth is the most common anti inflammatory but some people prefer cold. Make sure there is nothing else like rib fractures or any other pathology. Part 2. ...Read more

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Sudden severe pain neck. Shoulder.And shoulder blade. My arm is tingly. Tylenol (acetaminophen) ice heat massage rest and a neck pillow have not helped i can't sleep!

Sudden severe pain neck. Shoulder.And shoulder blade. My arm is tingly. Tylenol (acetaminophen) ice heat massage rest and a neck pillow have not helped i can't sleep!

See below: This could be a sign of a pinched nerve in the neck. I would advise that you see your doctor if you have one who can examine you and then suggest the best course of treatment. ...Read more

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Treatment for muscle spasm by rib cage area. Do you need cold compress or heat.?

Treatment for muscle spasm by rib cage area. Do you need cold compress or heat.?

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. ...Read more

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Tennis elbow cold wraps or heat?

Tennis elbow cold wraps or heat?

Cold : For lateral epicondylitis(tennis elbow) cold wraps are more effective when they are hurting as they vasoconstrict the blood vessels to the area and thus decrease swelling. Heat may feel better temporarily but the vasodilation(increased blood flow) that it allows sometimes causes more swelling, then more pain...Good luck! ...Read more

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Diagnosed plantar fasctis. Done ice, stretch, strength, heat, massage. Tender with massage. Pain with movement along fascia. Could be any else advice?

Diagnosed plantar fasctis. Done ice, stretch, strength, heat, massage. Tender with massage. Pain with movement along fascia. Could be any else advice?

NEED FOR SUPPORT!: Most shoes aren't always what is bad, usually it's the crummy insoles they come with! there are many possible reasons (plantar fascitis or calcaneal apophysitis leaps to mind) that you may have pain in the heels, but try arch supports like spenco polysorb (http://www.Spenco.Com/products/footcare/poly-sorb) and otc anti-inflammatories (like aleve). If these don't help, see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Ice or heat is better for muscle strain ? What for joint pains heat or ice ?

Ice or heat is better for muscle strain ? What for joint pains heat or ice ?

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

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Heat or ice for swollen joints best?

Heat or ice for swollen joints best?

See below: If the joint is acutely hot, red and swollen, ice would be better than heat which may increase inflammation. For joints that are not hot or swollen but are painful and stiff, i find heat works better. ...Read more

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Cold laser therapy for neck pain?

Cold laser therapy: An article published in the lancet reports that low-level laser therapy (lllt) reduces pain after treatment for non-specific neck pain. The article is the work of dr roberta chow, brain and mind research institute, university of sydney. He concluded lllt reduces pain immediately after treatment in acute neck pain and up to 22 weeks after completion of treatment in patients with chronic neck pain. ...Read more

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When must I use cold therapy over heat therapy for back pain?

When must I use cold therapy over heat therapy for back pain?

Yuo could either one: Cold therapy produces vasoconstriction, which slows circulation reducing inflammation, muscle spasm, and pain. Heat therapy induces vasodilation: drawing blood into the target tissues. Increased blood flow delivers needed oxygen and nutrients, and removes cell wastes. The warmth decreases muscle spasm, relaxes tense muscles, relieves pain, and can increase range of motion. ...Read more

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What's best for wrist tendinitis, heat or ice therapy?

What's best for wrist tendinitis, heat or ice therapy?

Ice first, then heat: Ice generally works best in the first 24-48 hours and heat after that time span. Remeber, that tendinitis may not improve with either ice or heat. ...Read more

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Taking diclofen for inflammation using hot & cold compresses on shoulder still in a lot of pain. Pain radiates from shoulder 2 shoulder blade & neck?

Taking diclofen for inflammation using hot & cold compresses on shoulder still in a lot of pain. Pain radiates from shoulder 2 shoulder blade & neck?

Be seen: I would be seen just to make sure it is not a cardiac issue; that being said, one of the more common causes is a "pinched nerve" in the neck that can cause similar symptoms and there are many good non operative treatments that can help. ...Read more

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Hurt muscles in right neck and shoulder shovelling snow. Stretching muscles hurts. Is it good to stretch sore knotted muscles?

Hurt muscles in right neck and shoulder shovelling snow.  Stretching muscles hurts.  Is it good to stretch sore knotted muscles?

YES!: Gentle stretching can actually speed up and improve the healing of sore, knotted muscles. Try not to overdo it with painful stretches or bounce around while stretching, but gentle stretches a few times a day will loosen spasm and contraction in sore muscles after a workout. Always see a physician if muscles become extremely painful or muscle pain does not go away within 7 to 10 days. ...Read more

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Hurt muscles in right neck and shoulder shovelling snow. Stretching muscles hurts. Is it good to stretch sore knotted muscles?

Hurt muscles in right neck and shoulder shovelling snow. Stretching muscles hurts. Is it good to stretch sore knotted muscles?

Sure, be gentle: Muscles in our body contract when used. They can cramp up from overworking, as can be seen with exercise. Ice initially for a couple of days followed by heat and gentle stretching and massage along with antiinflammatories can be helpful. Do not exercise or stretch aggressively as this will only further injure the sore muscles. If pain persists see an orthopedist. Feel better! ...Read more