Neurosurgical Associates

Physician’s Park
2400 Patterson Street, Suite 319
Nashville, TN 37203

 

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 210127, Nashville, TN 37221
Ph: 615-986-1256  |  Fax: 615-383-0853

 

 

Should I apply ice or heat to an injury?

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Ice should be used in the acute stage of an injury (within the first 24-48 hours), or whenever there is swelling. Ice helps to reduce inflammation by decreasing blood flow to the area in which cold is applied. Heat increases blood flow and may promote pain relief after swelling subsides. Heat may also be used to warm up muscles prior to exercise or physical therapy.