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How long do you ice an injury?

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Dr. Kirt Kimball
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 10-15 minutes

Be careful. Direct application of ice to skin can and does cause frostbite.

In brief: 10-15 minutes

Be careful. Direct application of ice to skin can and does cause frostbite.
Dr. Kirt Kimball
Dr. Kirt Kimball
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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management

In brief: 10 min

While exposure to cold can ease pain and swelling, ice packs can also stop blood flow if left on the skin too long.
Ice packs should not stay on the skin longer than 10 min, and if the only cold compress available in the house is a bag of frozen vegetables, be sure to wrap it in a towel. Diabetics need to be even more careful and use for less time.

In brief: 10 min

While exposure to cold can ease pain and swelling, ice packs can also stop blood flow if left on the skin too long.
Ice packs should not stay on the skin longer than 10 min, and if the only cold compress available in the house is a bag of frozen vegetables, be sure to wrap it in a towel. Diabetics need to be even more careful and use for less time.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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