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When should ice or heat be used for hand joint or muscle/tendon pain?

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Heat up, cool down

underworked stiff tendons respond to heat such as in the am after sleep or after sitting.
while too much over doing it and inflammation needs cold to calm down. its actually pretty simple. think of an athlete

In brief: Heat up, cool down

underworked stiff tendons respond to heat such as in the am after sleep or after sitting.
while too much over doing it and inflammation needs cold to calm down. its actually pretty simple. think of an athlete
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Ice and heat: when?

Typically ice is used for the first 48-72 hours to limit inflammation and the associated swelling.
Thereafter, when the inital inflammation has resolved heat may used to enhance circulation and improve healng.

In brief: Ice and heat: when?

Typically ice is used for the first 48-72 hours to limit inflammation and the associated swelling.
Thereafter, when the inital inflammation has resolved heat may used to enhance circulation and improve healng.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Ice for inflammation

Heat for muscle tightness.
Heat and stretching before activity, ice after.

In brief: Ice for inflammation

Heat for muscle tightness.
Heat and stretching before activity, ice after.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Brian Divelbiss
If it is related to an acute injury then usually ice for the first 48 hours followed by heat
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