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Is It Better To Use Heat Or Ice On A Buging Disc
Ice acutely: Ice for acute problems, for chronic longer lasting problems ice or heat depending on how you respond. ...Read more
Herniated Disc: It really depends on the acuteness of the disc herniation. Early in the course of the disease ice might be considered good, however, for chronic disc herniation, heat would be of most benefit. ...Read more
Yes: At my practice, when I apply ice show better results, reduce, pain and relax the affected area, . ...Read more
I have a herniated disc in T 6 and bulging disc in 5&7 in neck for yrs. Pinched nerve in shoulder blade causing pain in arm and numbing in hand I have tried over the counter meds heat and ice. Nothing helps.?
Further treatment: There are more aggressive treatment options for the spine that are more powerful than using over the counter medications, but they get progressively more involved. From non invasive alternatives such as physical therapy or chiropractic care, to interventional pain procedures which are invasive but non surgical, to even surgical considerations. I would not hesitate to be seen to discuss options. ...Read more
I got 6 itchy bug bites around 1pm got swollen around 8pm after bites I don't know bug type or bites, looks like misquito bites. No insurance tried heat, ice, t?
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
Yes: The pain from a herniated disc is due both to pinched nerves and to reactive muscle spasms. The heat will help relieve the muscle spasm related pain. Typically nerve pain will be more responsive to application of cold packs. Generally speaking, pain is a very subjective experience. Whether heat or cold works better for you depends on your individual sensation. ...Read more
Have 2 prolapsed disc for 2 months and now I get major numbness in leg, heat and pins and neddles, when will I be normal?
Disc: If it is new the see your doctor. If it is ongoing and not worse then do physio and be reminded that a partial injury to the nerves can take some time to heal. If the disc has been fixed and there is no pressure there, the healing time can vary in different people depending upon the extent of damage to start with. ...Read more
I have spondylolisthesis herniated disc at L4 l5.Had 4 epidurals some relief, back exercise the pain is worse. Heat &meds help some what else can I do?
What is the best way to get nutrition to allow body to heal spinal disc? L4 - L5 bulge, not arthiritis nutrition, heat? New techniques? Has va insurance
Physical Exercise: Tai chi, yoga for low back pain, Osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture, and lots of walking may work to help alleviate your symptoms. Here is an explanation of osteopathic medicine: http://www. Osteopathic. Org/osteopathic-health/about-dos/about-osteopathic-medicine/Pages/default. Aspx ...Read more
How likely is it to have MSbut negative mris? I hav heat sensitivity in my foot after strange symptoms in my leg. All thatcame up in mris was disc probs
It's possible but...: Multiple sclerosis has a number of clinical and radiologic presentations which may not always correlate. There are a number of specific components that your doctor will use to make the diagnosis which includes not only the MRI. Consult your neurologist in order to ensure your evaluation is complete and other conditions are considered as well. ...Read more
After taking a dose of prednisone I had sudden numbness&strange sensations in left leg. Lingering heat sensitivity in left heel since then. MRI brain/spine show herniated disc, osterarthritis&anteriorlisthesis. Was worried about ms but mri neg. Thoughts?
Not related to Pred: But could possibly be to the herniate disc. The doc who ordered these tests should interpret them for you. Good luck! ...Read more
Ice for24m: I've is helpful to prevent some of the body's initial inflammatory reaction but after 24hous that's essentially over. Switching to heat will help the body bring in what's needed to begin the healing process. ...Read more
Muscle injury.: Acute stage, usually with 24 hours or slightly more, use ice pad. After acute stage, use warm pad. ...Read more
Hmm...trauma?: It depends on the mechanism of injury and clinical situation surrounding your swelling. Ice really only works for initial traumatic or post surgical swelling and not for chronic swelling or anything greater than 24 hours after injury. ...Read more
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
If your foot is still swollen after a week you really should be
examined and xrayed to rule out potential fracture.
Assuming the xray is negative I would probably still use
ice for 15 minute intervals to help decrease swelling. ...Read more
Heat: Heat will be better for muscle aches or joint stiffness. ...Read more
Depends on what it: Is from. You may need to see a doctor unless you had mild trauma to it causing swelling. Ice would be recommended as heat could actually initially draw more swelling to a highly vascularized area. Hope that helps! ...Read more
See below: When you're first injured, ice is a better choice than heat for about the first 3 days or so. Ice numbs pain and causes blood vessels to constrict, which helps reduce swelling. Ice the area for just 15 to 20 minutes every four to six hours. After 3 days, heat can increase blood flow to an injury, which helps promote healing and relaxes muscles which promotes pain relief. ...Read more
Surgery in may for a fractured ankle they put a plate and 7 screws. Now there is swelling around plate. Warm to touch Do I use heat or ice to help.
11 days postop from lumbar fusion & taking oxycontin/tramadol for pain. Donor site was iliac crest and pain there is severe. Should I use heat or ice?
Ice: Use ice first. Most people do well with ice. However if it doesn't work then try heat. Keep the heat on low otherwise the skin is nimbus hand can get cooked. ...Read more
I have severe lower back pain which caused my torso to twist. Should I use heat or ice? Should I visit a chiropractor? Steroid shot?
In acute injury ice: First day or two, heat should be fine after that. ...Read more
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