Status:Closed Asked:Oct 03, 2014 - 03:15 PM
I've read recently that ice is no longer the way to go for an acute injury. How does ACE feel about this?
An article appeared in the philadelphia inquire saying that iceing an acute injury will slow down the healing process.
Icing is most appropriate in the acute phase of injury – meaning, in the very immediate aftermath of the injury. Cold restricts blood flow. Blood brings nutrients for healing so enhanced blood flow is typically the best approach for healing. This makes warmth and more blood flow the preferred choice for healing rather than cold and restricted blood flow.
Using ice to limit pain from runaway blood flow (excessive swelling) is warranted only to manage the symptom of pain, it does not facilitate healing. In general, icing right away will simply lessen pain. For healing and a return to function, warmth and blood flow are the goal. During the healing process, you may have an isolated time where the pain is significant enough that you may seek relief from that pain by using a single bout of icing.
To summarize, ice is for pain relief, warmth and blood flow is for healing.
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