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Is ice or heat better when it comes to treating an injured back?

Is ice or heat better when it comes to treating an injured back?

Depends: If not ongoing re-injury & no chronic/other issues, cold recommended for first 48-72 hrs (no ice directly on skin, or will get cold injury--put in a towel/etc.). If arthritic, or ongoing work/injury occurring, heat may feel better, but only while on it. (don't mix heat-rubs with heating pads, they can cause burns). If severe, prolonged (>5days), or recurrent, see a dr. ...Read more

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Is ice or heat better for possible broken jaw? Just fell off my bike

Is ice or heat better for possible broken jaw? Just fell off my bike

Get an xray: Ice will help swelling. If you are having lots of pain, any change in how your teeth fit together or numbness around your chin then you need xrays or a c/t scan to see if you've broken your jaw. ...Read more

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Ice or heat better for elbow tendonitis and how long does it usually last?

Ice or heat better for elbow tendonitis and how long does it usually last?

Ice better usually: Ice is a better choice for pain and inflammation. Tendonitis implies inflammation and is usually the cause of pain in the first 6 weeks. After that, this can become tendonosis which involves tendon degeneration and microtearing. Rest and early treatment with rehab, a brace, anti-inflammatories can produce better outcomes. If I can help, then join my care team at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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Is ice or heat better for a lower back pinch nerve that effects my right hip?

Is ice or heat better for a lower back pinch nerve that effects my right hip?

Likely not a pinched: Is there a ropey muscle and a very tender knot in your butt muscle? If so, find the knot and push on it to make it smaller. If this helps your pain, this is not a pinched nerve. Learn more about myofascial pain www. Blatmanhealthandwellness. Com ...Read more

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Pain in lower back and buttocks. Worse at night. Worse when sitting. Better when walking or upright. What is it? Ice or heat better to treat?

Pain in lower back and buttocks. Worse at night. Worse when sitting. Better when walking or upright. What is it? Ice or heat better to treat?

Your symptoms: Are a bit confusing since the LOCATION is CLASSIC for Spinal Stenosis (Degenerative arthritis lumbar spine) but the RELIEF with walking is usually NOT the case (pain of spinal stenosis usually worsens with walking
In any case you can try HEAT ICE and ALTERNATING HEAT/ICE Whatever helps. But get it checked out! Your Primary Care Provider (PCP) is the place to start!

Dr Z ...Read more

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Can you let me know is ice or heat better for the pain of Achilles tendinitis?

Can you let me know is ice or heat better for the pain of Achilles tendinitis?

Ice or heat: The great debate has been this question. For first 48-72 hours ice is best. Then heat if ice didn't help. Need to rest it too and avoid activity until its gone. ...Read more

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Lower back pain worse when lying down. Worse when sitting. Located almost in buttocks. Does not radiate. What could it be? Is ice or heat better?

Lower back pain worse when lying down. Worse when sitting. Located almost in buttocks. Does not radiate. What could it be? Is ice or heat better?

Pelvis joint: Female with low back pain & sciatica worse sitting/lying likely has unilateral sacroiliac joint subluxation; whereby lumbar nerves are tugged & impinged where they exit lumbar vertebra foramina. Sacroiliac joint instability is highly associated with sciatica. See comments: ...Read more

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Lower back pain over buttocks. Worse when lying down or sitting. What could it be? Is ice or heat better? Don't remember doing anything to cause it

Lower back pain over buttocks. Worse when lying down or sitting. What could it be? Is ice or heat better? Don't remember doing anything to cause it

Arthritis/stenosis: This could just be some arthritis of the back. In an acute injury it is technically better to use ice. If no injury, then which ever of ice or heat helps. You could also have some stenosis (just means narrowing) irritating (pinching) a nerve causing the buttock pain. If it doesn't get better on its own after a week or two consider doing some physical therapy to strengthen your core and back. ...Read more

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Does ice or heat work better for back pain? Such as Donjoy iceman?

Does ice or heat work better for back pain? Such as Donjoy iceman?

They both can help: Ice is used for reducing inflammation which occurs most Durring the 1st 2-3 days of injury.
Heat helps muscles relax and improves circulation. ...Read more

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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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Is heat or ice better after a flu shot?

Is heat or ice better after a flu shot?

Never heat!: You really shouldn't need either ice or heat after a flu shot unless you see bruising. It's been injected and the achiness should wear away in the next day or so. So in reality you don't need to use either, and heat can actually increase circulation the area and could make it feel worse, or inflamed. If you feel you need something, a cool not iced compress won't hurt you. ...Read more

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Is heat or ice better for low back pain? Especially if there is a lumbar disk herniated? What are the symptoms of having a lumbar disk herniated?

Is heat or ice better for low back pain? Especially if there is a lumbar disk herniated? What are the symptoms of having a lumbar disk herniated?

Both: Both can help but it may differ from pt to pt sometimes it helps to go back and forth between heat and cold / if you feel one is much more helpful for you then stick with that / use apiece of swim noodle behind the small of your back while sitting as a "lumbar roll" I have found this to help many people including me over the years hope you feel better. ...Read more

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What are the best stretches for sciatica? Pain goes from tailbone through left buttocks down leg into left ankle. Is heat or ice better?

What are the best stretches for sciatica? Pain goes from tailbone through left buttocks down leg into left ankle. Is heat or ice better?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. Ice recommended for 1st 48 hrs, then ice or heat is fine. ...Read more

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Is an ice pack or heat pack better to relief varicose vein leg pain?

Is an ice pack or heat pack better to relief varicose vein leg pain?

Heat but it depends: Before advising either you need a specific diagnosis. Why is it vein pain? Could be some other reason pain is the vein swollen red and hot? Other important things can cause pain in the leg like blood clots, muscle inflammation, and other and you need to have your physician check it ...Read more

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My husband has arthritis. Is heat or ice better for the pain?

My husband has arthritis. Is heat or ice better for the pain?

Since this is chroni: Since this is chronic, heat will help much better. Icing a joint for acute injury is standard, because it quiets down the inflammatory response and prevents it from escalating. But for arthritis, the warmth is better and increases perceived and actual mobility! ...Read more

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Is heat or ice better to help infection pain speed up healing? Surgery R foot 12 days ago now infected on antibiotics but want to help the pain

See the doctor: If you're still having significant pain 12 days after a surgery -something is wrong. I doubt heat or ice would be much affect...maybe ice -BUT YOU REALLY MUST see a doctor right away. What I worry about is some sort of complication-like a resistant germ now coming through, or something structural that's giving you pain, when you should be healing quite well by now. Some things delay healing-ask MD ...Read more

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Heat or ice on injury?

Heat or ice on injury?

Cold then heat: Most sports medicine experts recommend cold first, because it decreases swelling and pain. Then later, heat frequently provides more relief. However, you are the ultimate judge: use the one that works best for you. ...Read more

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Which is better to use,  heat or ice?

Which is better to use,  heat or ice?

Ice or heat?: Ice in the first 48 hours after an injury or if there is swelling. Heat after 48 hours if no swelling. Heat also for muscle strains. ...Read more

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How do you know when you should ice an injury or apply heat?

How do you know when you should ice an injury or apply heat?

Ice early: Ice for the first 24-36 hours to reduce inflammation and pain. Heat thereafter. Always heat before exercise and therapy and use ice after to deal with pain and inflammation. ...Read more

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Is it better to use ice first or heat first with a recent injury?

Is it better to use ice first or heat first with a recent injury?

In acute injury ice: First day or two, heat should be fine after that. ...Read more

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Any thing I can do to help it like ice or heat. My back been pain full of and over ten years now?

Any thing I can do to help it like ice or heat. My back been pain full of and over ten years now?

See answer: There are a number of reasons people get back pain. The following websites will explain the causes of back pain and types of treatment. Http://bit. Ly/1r1aZ7G http://bit. Ly/1lF3Xcs http://bit. Ly/1v1juFX http://bit. Ly/1QEatgy ...Read more

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How do you know when to use heat for pain; and when to use ice? And is always better when using heat to use moist heat? - so confusing

A guideline:: Ice is for injuries - heat is for muscles.
Cold will make muscle pain worse & heat will make injury worse for many people. But if it works differently for you, that's what you might do. See link:
http://saveyourself. Ca/articles/ice-heat-confusion. Php
good luck! ...Read more

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What is best for gout; heat or ice?

What is best for gout; heat or ice?

Ice: Ice improves pain from gout attacks, in contrast to the pain from other kinds of inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis which generally improve with heat. ...Read more

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What's better for a pinched nerve, heat or ice?

What's better for a pinched nerve, heat or ice?

Pain Treatment: I recommend using the treatment which gives you better pain relief. Usually ice for the first 3-4 days to decrease swelling followed by heat to improve bloodflow and promote healing is prescribed. ...Read more

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Is it appropriate to use ice or heat on head injuries?

Is it appropriate to use ice or heat on head injuries?

Depends: If the ice is used on a superficial contusion, that is fine but for any possible internal or closed head injury, the treatment is to get seen asap by a medical professional. ...Read more

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Do I need to use heat or ice? And do I need meds for inflamation? How long should it last?

Do I need to use heat or ice? And do I need meds for inflamation? How long should it last?

Both: Ice first 24-48 hours after injury. Then heat. Apply 10 mins every 2-4 hours. Don't frostbite or burn yourself. Ice works after it is removed. Ur body says 'hey its cold there', sends a wave of blood to the hurt area and washes out the inflammation toxins. The heat opens up the blood vessels and washes out the toxins. ...Read more

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