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Is It Better To Use Heat Or Cold For My 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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