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Can ice make herniated disc pain worse?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Pain from a herniated disc is due to nerve root irritation.
Ice is considered a pain reliever. Some nerve irritation can cause an abnormal hypersensitivity such that the cold is perceived as painful. It might be difficult for the person with herniated disc pain to differentiate that pain from the hypersensitivity associated with the cold because temperature and pain are transmitted on same nerves.

In brief: No

Pain from a herniated disc is due to nerve root irritation.
Ice is considered a pain reliever. Some nerve irritation can cause an abnormal hypersensitivity such that the cold is perceived as painful. It might be difficult for the person with herniated disc pain to differentiate that pain from the hypersensitivity associated with the cold because temperature and pain are transmitted on same nerves.
Dr. Latisha Smith
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: It may if there is

Muscle spasm present in the back or neck -occasionally patients find that ice may aggravate those symptoms if present from the disc herniation.

In brief: It may if there is

Muscle spasm present in the back or neck -occasionally patients find that ice may aggravate those symptoms if present from the disc herniation.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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