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Must I keep ice on a strained muscle?
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Dr. Amir Khan
Sports Medicine
In brief: Acutely Yes
Acutely icing an injured area reduces the inflammatory response/swelling to the area.
There is no exact period that defines the acute phase but icing upto 2-3 days post injury is recommended. Afterwards icing following irritating activities (including physical therapy) should be continued for several days/weeks. Heat can be introduced 3-4 days after injury to encourage blood flow to injured area.

In brief: Acutely Yes
Acutely icing an injured area reduces the inflammatory response/swelling to the area.
There is no exact period that defines the acute phase but icing upto 2-3 days post injury is recommended. Afterwards icing following irritating activities (including physical therapy) should be continued for several days/weeks. Heat can be introduced 3-4 days after injury to encourage blood flow to injured area.
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