Ice or Heat - "Which Should I Apply?"
Medical Author: William C.
Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Applying cold or heat for conditions involving the muscles or joints has been used for centuries. These temperature applications have been available without a prescription since early man ventured up and over snow-capped mountains and slipped down into soothing natural hot springs. Cold/ice and heat applications are also used today as standard medical treatments throughout the world. However, since they are obviously opposites, when are they best used? And when could they cause problems rather than be helpful?
This article will focus on the use of cold or heat applications for musculoskeletal conditions. It does not address the treatment of other conditions, such as burns or infections.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/1/2014
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