When To Use Hot Or Cold Therapy
It can really get confusing when one has a muscle strain, sprained ankle and other similar maladies and is told to use "cold therapy" and "heat therapy". The mantras are "only use cold", "use cold for first 24-48 hours", "do not use cold use warm moist heat to stop your pain". How is one to know what to do?
Often lost in the determination is what is the condition of the patient at the time of choosing a hot or cold modality. Because one broke an ankle, tore a ligament, or suffered an injury months ago does not mean the condition is "chronic" since it happened months ago. Often the process of healing makes many situations "acute" to the moment.
Let's examine whether to use hot or cold, but more importantly, why to use the hot or cold therapy.
Generally speaking immediately following … Read More