Which is better: ice or heat on a pulled muscle / muscle strain to the neck?

Timing is everything. Acutely rice, rest, ice , compression, elevation. All of these help shrink blood vessels and decrease the amount of blood supply and inflammation. After 24-48 hours heat may be used to stimulate blood flow and loosen the muscle, controlled exercise, then ice to control inflammation. Chronic you may use either heat to relax and ice for swelling and pain.

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How do you treat a neck muscle strain --heat or ice?

Ice acutely. I would suggest ice on the affected area to decrease the pain and spasm from the acute injury - about 15 minutes every hour or so after the first few days, moist heat can be helpful to help calm down the muscle spasm and decrease the pain the therapists are best at mixing the use of ice and heat. Read more...

Ice or heat is better for muscle strain? What for joint pains heat or ice?

Pain Recommendations. Ice is used acutely to limit or diminish swelling. Inflammation or swelling is a leading reason a certain tissue is painful. Heat is used to relax muscles. It is often an immediate way to relieve pain so that less oral medication is needed. For joint pain....Either of these treatments may not help much given how deep in the tissues joints are. Read more...

Can neck strain during exercise cause lhermitte's sign (sit ups, push ups, stair climbing).Began w/pulled muscle in lower back&spread to neck.

Really shouldn't. Understand that lhermitte's sign is a shock-like sensation that radiates to arms and legs during a flexion or forced flexion maneuver of the neck. Classically, this was used to identify ms. It is presently used to commonly identify symptomatic spinal cord compression. So, if you are not having the arm/leg symptoms, this is not lhermitte's sign. If yes, you should consider evaluation by spine md. Read more...

Can a pulled muscle in you're neck or a similar strain cause ear pain and ear ringing I have a very physical job of constant heavy lifting?

Seeing as how I just. ....did exactly that while sitting here and answering the last question....Geezzz...what the heck was that?? I yawned..it's 5:22a in the Great Lakes Region...do you know where your on call telemedicine doc is? So I yawned and I think I just found some neck muscles I must've grown since yesterday. & it pulled all the way up into my ear like mom used to do! No ringing though. Doubt that's related. Read more...