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

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

Both: Ice tends to be a bettter pain reducing modaltiy and heat tends to loosen up the muscles. Many patients do alternating treatments. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


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Is heat or cold better for lower back pain?

Is heat or cold better for lower back pain?

Depend: For initial back secondary to musculoligamentous strains/sprains cold packs to be applied to prevent swelling and reduce pain. After 24 to 36 hours apply heat to increase blood flow bringing the body healing squads. For longer lasting pain you are basically trying to control pain and as individuals we responds differently to each modality. So try & she what works best for you. ...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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For back pain do I use heat pack or cold pack first?

For back pain do I use heat pack or cold pack first?

Often heat, but...: If you've acutely injured your back (strain, contusion/bruise, etc) then cold compresses for the first few days will probably help. If this is a chronic recurrent problem, pain related to muscle spasm and tension then often a heating pad, warm showers, massage can be helpful. Don't forget proper posture, gentle stretching and core strengthening as well. ...Read more

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I have lower back pain just pressing on my back brings pain is this sciatica? Heat and cold therapy doesn't always work.

I have lower back pain just pressing on my back brings pain is this sciatica? Heat and cold therapy doesn't always work.

Muscle Spasm: Trigger points are bands of taut muscle areas that hurt when pressed upon and radiate to other areas than just the painful spot that is pressed upon. Most times stretching and massage of that area relieves these spots, however sometime they continue and need to be addressed by your doctor. ...Read more

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Horrible back pain that won't go away--ice or heat?

Find the reason?: Using heat or cold may help your pain but the only thing realy help solve the problem to find out thre reason for that back pain. Thank you. ...Read more

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How relieve back pain? Should i put heat or ice, or both?

How relieve back pain? Should i put heat or ice, or both?

Treat the cause: Not the symptoms. Do daily psoas muscle stretches and start core strengthening exercises. If these worsen your pain, start with swimming first. ...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. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more