Should I use Ice or Heat?

In general, ice is best for most acute type pain. It has been proven to be a more effective pain blocker than heat in most cases where recent injury or inflammation is involved.

Heat is more often used for chronic, non-inflammatory conditions such as arthritic degeneration.

Ice should be applied as close to the skin as possible. 15-20 minutes works best to penetrate the tissue and have a pain relieving effect.

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