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Is it better to use ice or heat after straining one's lower back?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: Do what helps

Traditional wisdom is ice for first 24 hours to limit inflammation then heat after to reduce spasm and stiffness.
While this approach works well for some injuries (like a sprained ankle) i don't find patients usually get much relief from the ice portion (likely less inflammation and more muscle spasm). Heat helps most people but in the end, do whatever works for you.

In brief: Do what helps

Traditional wisdom is ice for first 24 hours to limit inflammation then heat after to reduce spasm and stiffness.
While this approach works well for some injuries (like a sprained ankle) i don't find patients usually get much relief from the ice portion (likely less inflammation and more muscle spasm). Heat helps most people but in the end, do whatever works for you.
Dr. Luke Hermann
Dr. Luke Hermann
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Ice.

Ice can only help in terms of pain reduction and swelling reduction.
It also numbs the skin nerves, so you feel better sooner.

In brief: Ice.

Ice can only help in terms of pain reduction and swelling reduction.
It also numbs the skin nerves, so you feel better sooner.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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