Central Kentucky Interventional Pain Management Center

Pain Management Using Cold and Heat

If used correctly when used correctly, a combination of hot and cold treatments can provide relief for up to 5 days. This therapy is especially efficient for injuries that have been sustained from overuse or muscle tears. Cold therapy reduces the pain and inflammation through dilation of blood vessels. It helps speed up the flow of blood to the area that has been injured. Additionally, it can ease chronic joint pain. The greatest thing is that both forms of therapy can be combined!

Reduces inflammation
As opposed to heat therapy cold therapy can reduce inflammation and blood flow to the affected area. The cold therapy lessens swelling, while heat therapy boosts blood flow and pulls in more nutrients. It is especially effective in pain management because of its soothing effects on the joints. Which treatment should you choose for your pain? Here are some suggestions. Check out our helpful chart. Let’s examine how cold and heat therapy interact.

Ice therapy is efficient in reducing inflammation and swelling. Ice therapy also helps reduce inflammation and swelling. It can also trigger an numbing effect that can slow down the brain’s pain signals. There are a variety of effective cold therapy options, such as cold baths, homemade packs, and chemical cold pack. It is recommended to follow the same procedure as heat therapy and limit exposure to cold. It is not recommended to leave the frozen skin for longer than 20 mins since this could lead to Hives or ice burns.

Reduces swelling
Although cold therapy can help reduce swelling, it does have certain limitations. This method should not be used on those suffering from chronic injuries. Also cold therapy should not be used on open wounds and is not recommended for those who suffer from neuropathic or circulatory issues. Patients with infections should consult their doctor before applying cold therapy. Cold therapy can be applied on the affected areas only during the early stages of the pain.

Doctors suggest that you first apply ice to reduce swelling, and then apply heat to ease pain. Heat therapy increases blood flow and warms muscles before you start your activity. Cold therapy however, slows blood flow and reduces swelling and pain. Wrap the affected area in a towel to give the best relief. For the best results cold therapy must be applied for a minimum of 15 minutes at least once a day.

Reduces pain
It’s dependent on the type and degree of the injury, which treatment is more efficient in relieving pain. For acute pain, such as an injury to a muscle, heat is the best treatment. Cold therapy is recommended to treat chronic pain, for instance long-term joint pain. There is no one correct or incorrect treatment. Most people who suffer from joint pain can benefit from cold therapy.

Cryotherapy, also known as cold therapy, is used to decrease inflammation and swelling. It slows the damage to tissues by inhibiting nerve activity. In particular, it numbs the muscles that are painful and reduces nerve activity. It also reduces swelling and inflammation by reducing nerve activity. However cold therapy is not suitable for certain people especially pregnant women. Because cold therapy causes the body to respond differently than heat, it is recommended for those who are suffering from severe pain from an injury.

Lowers inflammation
When used for various health conditions, cold therapy can help reduce pain and swelling. It reduces inflammation by reducing the blood vessels of muscles, which decreases the flow of blood. It also decreases the transmission of pain signals by your brain. There are two types of cold therapy: homemade ice packs or chemical cold packs. Like heat therapy cold therapy should be restricted to the recommended duration. Long-term exposure to cold can result in an increase in hives or iceburns.

Although both cold and therapy are beneficial however, they have distinct adverse effects. Injuries that are severe are more likely to be treated using cold therapy because of the diminished blood flow. Heat therapy aids in increasing blood flow and reduce swelling and inflammation by improving circulation. It also has a psychological calming effect, making it a good option for pain management in chronic situations. However cold therapy isn’t as efficient for long-term pain control.