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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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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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Ice or heat for a stiff neck?

Ice or heat for a stiff neck?

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 more

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Ice or heat for a sciatic nerve injury?

Ice or heat for a  sciatic nerve injury?

Can be both: Ice first 24-48 hours of injury. Heat therapy after 48 hours of acute injury. ...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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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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Is ice or heat bettter for joint pain?

Is ice or heat bettter for joint pain?

Both work: Ice is typically used for acute injuries. Heat is generally used for stiffness. Using these basic guidelines, see what works best for you. ...Read more

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Heat or ice for swollen joints best?

Heat or ice for swollen joints best?

Depends: For acutely injured joints, ice will often help to decrease inflammation. In a chronic inflammatory condition, often heat will soothe the aching joint. ...Read more

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What's best for nerve damage, ice pack or heat pad?

What's best for nerve damage, ice pack or heat pad?

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

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Is it better to use heat or ice for a quad muscle injury?

Is it better to use heat or ice for a quad muscle injury?

Muscle injury. : Acute stage, usually with 24 hours or slightly more, use ice pad. After acute stage, use warm pad. ...Read more

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Ice or heat therapy for tmj?

Ice or heat therapy for tmj?

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 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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When should ice or heat be used for hand joint or muscle/tendon pain?

When should ice or heat be used for hand joint or muscle/tendon pain?

Heat up, cool down: underworked stiff tendons respond to heat such as in the am after sleep or after sitting. while too much over doing it and inflammation needs cold to calm down. its actually pretty simple. think of an athlete ...Read more

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Ice or heat to rehab a foot after surgery?

Ice or heat to rehab a foot after surgery?

Rehab: It depends on where you are in the post operative period. Early on you will want to use ice. Later , if edema is persistent, alternating ice and heat to act as a pump is very helpful. See you surgeon as well . Good luck. ...Read more

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Ice or heat for swollen bruise on sole, what to do?

Ice or heat for swollen bruise on sole, what to do?

Ice vs heat: Ice compresses will shrink blood vessels, reducing inflammation and bleeding. Warm compresses increase blood flow and are generally more relaxing to the muscles. With acute (new) injuries, it is generally recommended to ice the first day or two. ...Read more

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Do I use heat or ice for a torn muscle?

Do I use heat or ice for a torn muscle?

Torn muscle: Ice is used immediately after trauma to help with the swelling associated with injuries. ...Read more

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Shin pain. No bruising or injury. No swelling. No heat or redness. Ice and rest help a tiny bit. Roll ankle makes pain unbearable.

Shin pain. No bruising or injury. No swelling. No heat or redness. Ice and rest help a tiny bit. Roll ankle makes pain unbearable.

Stretch muscles: "Shin splint" pain w/ no injury is best treated w/NSAIDs ( ibuprofen), stretching of your lower leg muscles ( w/ theraband) and weight loss.If no improvement consult w/ an orthopaedic surgeon for definitive diagnosis and examination.Lower limb alignment can predispose to shin pain. Other diagnoses(i.e) stress fractures,for instance have to be ruled out. Best of Luck! ...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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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Head Trauma (Definition)

Any injury to the face, skull, or brain as a result of blunt force, or penetrating trauma. It can also occur due to rapid ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Traumatic Brain Injury (Definition)

Damage to the brain after trauma, meaning direct hits to the head, or a shockwave to the ...Read more