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Heat or cold on dislocated shoulder?

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Dr. Amir Khan
Sports Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Cold

Ice is generally used in the "acute" setting after an injury to reduce inflammation by restricting blood flow to the area.
The "acute" timeline is not truly defined but acute can be considered upto a week after injury. Afterwards both cold and heat can be used. Rememeber ice it down after irritation from injury or activity. Heat it up to initiate circulation and healing or before exercise/therapy.

In brief: Cold

Ice is generally used in the "acute" setting after an injury to reduce inflammation by restricting blood flow to the area.
The "acute" timeline is not truly defined but acute can be considered upto a week after injury. Afterwards both cold and heat can be used. Rememeber ice it down after irritation from injury or activity. Heat it up to initiate circulation and healing or before exercise/therapy.
Dr. Amir Khan
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Dr. James Chen
Sports Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Cold

Ice would help inflammation and reduce swelling.
Heat generally is for loosening up tissue. If you dislocated you want to be tight and stable not loose.

In brief: Cold

Ice would help inflammation and reduce swelling.
Heat generally is for loosening up tissue. If you dislocated you want to be tight and stable not loose.
Dr. James Chen
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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Cold for 1 week

Cold for the first 7 days of injury.
After 7 days, you can decide to use heat or cold, whatever feels better. You can find more info here: http://sportsmedicine.About.Com/cs/rehab/a/heatorcold.Htm.

In brief: Cold for 1 week

Cold for the first 7 days of injury.
After 7 days, you can decide to use heat or cold, whatever feels better. You can find more info here: http://sportsmedicine.About.Com/cs/rehab/a/heatorcold.Htm.
Dr. Francine Yep
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