Pain Relief: Should You Use Ice or Heat? 

Writer / Dr. Trevor Call, Orthopedic Surgeon at IU Health West Hospital
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No matter how careful you are, injuries happen. Though orthopedic specialists are always ready to help, slight to moderate pain does notPain Relief always require a trip to see your doctor. In certain situations, an ice pack or heating pad can help quickly. It is important to know which to use, to prevent further pain or even injury.

When should you use cold therapy? 

Cold therapy, such as a cold compress, should typically be used for recent injuries that have occurred within the last 48 hours and cause swelling. Apply the ice pack or frozen item to the injury. Make sure to wrap the frozen item in a towel or some kind of cloth. Applying a very cold item directly to your injury can cause damage to the skin and tissue. Make sure you use cold therapy as quickly as possible after the injury occurs, but stick to around 10 to 15 minutes at a time to prevent damage to your nerves, tissue and skin. For best results, elevate the injured area as well.

When should you use heat therapy?

Heat therapy can be used if you have pain or stiffness in your joints or muscles. Applying heat for 10 to 15 minutes can help relieve muscle soreness and minor pain. Moderate to severe stiffness or tension can be helped with a longer session. For this level of pain, you can apply an appropriate temperature of heat therapy for 30 minutes. Small heat packs can be used on smaller areas of pain, but for larger areas you can use a larger heating pad, heat wraps or even a heated towel.

What should you do if the treatment doesnt work? 

If cold therapy or heat therapy does not work or makes your pain worse, you can try Kratom gummies by Happy Go Leafy.

If you have severe or persistent issues with your upper body including the shoulder, elbow, wrist or hand, or the lower body including hips, knees, ankles or feet, an orthopedic our sports medicine specialist can help you decide on a treatment plan.

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