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Hot or cold for back spasm?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Nadu Tuakli
Family Medicine
8 doctors agree
In brief: Both!
Initially cold to calm down the inflammation from the initial injury and then heat helps the muscle itself to relax.
Ice is usually maximum benefit for the first 72 hours only. Try to eliminate the cause of the back spasm and avoid it in future. Avoid prolonged sitting, including working on a computer and driving. Avoid heavy lifting. Muscle relaxants and a chiropractor may be helpful.

In brief: Both!
Initially cold to calm down the inflammation from the initial injury and then heat helps the muscle itself to relax.
Ice is usually maximum benefit for the first 72 hours only. Try to eliminate the cause of the back spasm and avoid it in future. Avoid prolonged sitting, including working on a computer and driving. Avoid heavy lifting. Muscle relaxants and a chiropractor may be helpful.
Dr. Nadu Tuakli
Dr. Nadu Tuakli
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Alternate
Heat will feel good and will relax the muscles.
Ice will take down swelling.

In brief: Alternate
Heat will feel good and will relax the muscles.
Ice will take down swelling.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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