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Why does icing help injuries?

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Dr. James Chen
Sports Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Reduce inflammation

Icing for acute injuries works by reducing the influx of inflammatory cells and mediators to the area of injury that would otherwise cause significant swelling and pain.
This lessens the impact of the inflammatory phase of injury so that there can be quicker transition to healing and recovery.

In brief: Reduce inflammation

Icing for acute injuries works by reducing the influx of inflammatory cells and mediators to the area of injury that would otherwise cause significant swelling and pain.
This lessens the impact of the inflammatory phase of injury so that there can be quicker transition to healing and recovery.
Dr. James Chen
Dr. James Chen
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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: See below

Ice sometimes helps by constricting blood vessels so to stop bleeding at a particular injury site and thus decreasing the amount of swelling at the site.
But, it should only be used temporarily as the healing response will require intact blood flow to the injury site to bring proper nutients to the site and bring about healing.

In brief: See below

Ice sometimes helps by constricting blood vessels so to stop bleeding at a particular injury site and thus decreasing the amount of swelling at the site.
But, it should only be used temporarily as the healing response will require intact blood flow to the injury site to bring proper nutients to the site and bring about healing.
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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