Pain Management Conferences 2014

Pain Management Using Cold and Heat

If properly used when done correctly, a combination of heat and cold therapy can offer relief for up to five days. This therapy is particularly effective for overuse injuries and tears in muscles. Also, it reduces inflammation and pain by dilation of blood vessels. It helps speed up the flow of blood to the area that has been injured. It also helps with joint pain that is chronic. The greatest thing about both treatments is that they can be combined!

Inflammation is reduced
Cold therapy is more efficient than heat therapy at decreasing blood flow and inflammation to the affected areas. The cold therapy helps reduce swelling while heat therapy increases 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 select to ease discomfort? Here are some suggestions. Take a look at our helpful chart. Let’s take a look at how heat and cold therapy interact.

Ice therapy is effective at decreasing swelling and inflammation. It can also reduce swelling and inflammation. It can also produce an numbing effect that can slow down the brain’s pain signals. The most effective cold therapies include ice baths, homemade ice packs, and cold packs made of chemicals. It is important to follow the same guidelines as heat therapy and limit exposure to cold. Don’t leave the ice pack on the skin for more than 20 minutes since this can lead to irritation and hives.

Reduces swelling
While cold therapy may reduce swelling, it has certain limitations. Patients suffering from chronic injuries should not be using this method. Cold therapy should not be used on open wounds and should not be suggested for those suffering from circulatory or neuropathy conditions. Moreover, patients suffering from infections should consult their doctor before applying this treatment. Cold therapy should be applied to the affected areas only in the early stages of pain.

In general, doctors suggest applying ice first to decrease swelling, then applying heat to alleviate pain. The heat therapy increases blood flow and helps warm muscles prior activities. Cold therapy, on the other hand, reduces blood flow and reduces swelling. Cover the affected area with a towel to provide the most effective relief. For best results, cold therapy should be used for at least 15 minutes a day.

Reduces pain
Depending on the kind of injury, either cold or heat therapy can be the most effective in decreasing pain. It is usually the best solution for pain that is acute, like a muscle strain, and cold therapy is recommended for chronic pain such as chronic joint pain. There is no one right or wrong treatment. Cold therapy is beneficial for most people suffering from joint pain.

Cryotherapy, also known as cold therapy, is used to decrease swelling and inflammation. It slows the damage to tissues by reducing nerve activity. It reduces muscle numbness and nerve activity. It also reduces swelling and inflammation by decreasing nerve activity. Cold therapy is not recommended for everyone, particularly pregnant women and children. Cold therapy is a better option for those suffering from severe injuries because it causes the body to respond differently to heat.

Inflammation is lessened
When it is used for a variety of health conditions, cold therapy can help reduce pain and swelling. It lowers inflammation by constricting blood vessels in muscles, which decreases the flow of blood. Furthermore, cold therapy decreases pain signal transmission by the brain. There are two types of cold therapy which include homemade ice packs as well as chemical cold packs. Cold therapy should be used only for the recommended duration similar to heat therapy. Long-term exposure to cold can result in the development of hives or ice burns.

Although both cold and therapy have benefits however, they have distinct negative effects. Cold therapy is more effective in treating acute injuries which result from lower blood flow. Heat therapy aids in increasing blood flow and reduces inflammation and swelling by improving circulation. It can also provide an emotional calming effect, making it a good option to manage chronic pain. Cold therapy isn’t as effective for long-term pain management.