Understanding When to Use Ice vs. Heat

Posted by Bruce Carrington on

So you've just sustained an orthopedic injury. It's not worth a drive to the hospital, nor do you feel the pressure for immediate medical attention. But the spot you injured hurts, it's starting to swell, and chances are good that without some form of attention, it's going to feel worse tomorrow!

What can you do? Depending on the injury, ice or heat may be just what you are looking for! 

According to verwellhealth.com, ice treatment can be used to help minimize swelling, reduce bleeding within tissues, and alleviate muscle spasms and pain - for both recent events and chronic conditions. Heat Treatment is primarily used to treat chronic conditions, and works by helping to relax tissues and stimulating blood flow to the affected joint or muscle.

We like to have both options easily available on hand, and love the Comfort Gel Pack for filling that need. With an option for both ice and heat, it can be easily applied to the affected area. Check out the video below to learn more about the product and how it works!

If you'd like to purchase one for yourself, head over here! As an Amazon Associate, Rehabilitation Health and our health professionals/practices earn from qualifying Amazon purchases.

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