Health Tip: Soothing Pain With Cold Therapy

View The 13 Germiest Places You Need to Know Slideshow Pictures

(HealthDay News) -- Cold therapy helps alleviate pain and swelling caused by sprains, strains and the like by reducing blood flow to the affected area.

The University of Rochester Medical Center in New York offers these guidelines:

  • Use cold therapy within 24 to 48 hours of an injury -- such as bruises, bumps, sprains or strains.
  • Wrap an ice or gel pack in a thin towel before applying to the area.
  • Do not leave the cold pack on the area for longer than 20 minutes at a time, and take 10-minute breaks between applications.

-- Diana Kohnle

MedicalNews
Copyright © 2013 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Subscribe to MedicineNet's General Health Newsletter

By clicking Submit, I agree to the MedicineNet's Terms & Conditions & Privacy Policy and understand that I may opt out of MedicineNet's subscriptions at any time.

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors