When to use ice or heat in Belle Glade
Working as a chiropractor in Belle Glade for over 25 years, one of the biggest questions people ask me is “When to use Ice or Heat?” Applied correctly, the use of Ice and/or Heat can help significantly with one's pain and/or stiffness with very rare side effects or cost!
ICE is used to numb sharp pain and reduce inflammation. Generally, use in the first 48 to 72 hours of initial onset of an injury. This includes sprains, strains, auto accidents, slip and fall injuries, sports and work injuries, headaches and swelling.
HEAT is used to help soothe stiff joints and relax muscles. Generally, use after 72 hours of initial onset of an injury.
Whether to use Ice or Heat
- ICE – Ice Cubes, Packs or Bag of Frozen Vegetables
- HEAT – Electric or Microwavable Heating Pad, Towel Soaked in Water and Heated or even just a Hot Shower!
WHERE TO APPLY AND HOW LONG?
- Apply to the Painful Area. For both ICE and HEAT, place a barrier between your skin and the pad, such as a towel, except if you're in the shower!
- Use ICE and HEAT treatment for 15 to 20 minutes per hour, repeat if necessary. Don't fall asleep with ICE or HEAT on.
- Don't overdo it! It's normal for your skin to look a little pinker after using ICE or HEAT.
- Before re-applying, let your skin return to its normal color and temperature. If you see any of these signs after removing the ICE or HEAT Pack, CALL US!
These are signs the temperature was too extreme and may indicate skin damage.
- Purplish-red, dark red or spotted red and white color
If you have further questions, please give our staff a call at Glades Injury Center in Belle Glade at (561) 996-9936.