Pain Management Doctors At Lutheran General Hospital

Pain Management Using Cold and Heat

If properly used If done correctly, a combination of hot and cold therapy may provide relief for up to five days. This therapy is particularly beneficial for muscle injuries and overuse injuries. Cold therapy decreases inflammation and pain through dilatation blood vessels. It increases the flow of blood to the area that is injured. Additionally, it can ease chronic joint pain. The most appealing thing is that both kinds of therapy can be used together!

Inflammation is reduced
Cold therapy is more effective than heat therapy in the reduction of inflammation and blood flow to the affected areas. The cold therapy helps reduce swelling, while heat therapy boosts blood flow and pulls in more nutrients. Because of its calming effects on joints the heat therapy is especially efficient in pain management. What therapy should you pick to ease your discomfort? Here are some tips. Take a look at our chart for help. Let’s look at how heat and cold therapy can work together.

Ice therapy can be efficient in reducing inflammation and swelling. Ice therapy also helps reduce inflammation and swelling. It can also create a numbing effect that slows down the brain’s pain signals. The most effective cold therapy techniques include ice baths, homemade ice packs, and cold packs made of chemicals. You should follow the same protocol as heat therapy and limit exposure to cold. Don’t leave the ice pack on the skin for longer than 20 minutes as this can result in burns and hives.

Swelling is reduced
While cold therapy can help reduce swelling, it has some limitations. People suffering from chronic injuries should avoid this treatment. Cold therapy should not be applied to open wounds and should not be used for those suffering from circulatory neuropathy conditions. Patients with infections should consult their doctor prior to using cold therapy. The use of cold therapy should be done only on the affected areas in the initial stages of pain.

In general, doctors recommend applying ice at first to reduce swelling, then applying heat to relieve discomfort. Heat therapy improves blood flow and warms up muscles prior to exercise. Cold therapy on the other hand can slow blood flow and decreases swelling and pain. For the most effective relief, patients should cover the affected area in a thin towel. The cold therapy should be utilized for at least 15 minutes several times per day for the best results.

Reduces pain
It’s dependent on the type and severity of the injury which treatment is more effective in relieving pain. In general, heat is the best alternative for pain that’s acute, such as a muscle strain, and cold therapy is recommended for chronic pain, like a long-standing joint pain. There is no one solution that is right or wrong. 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 helps reduce tissue damage by preventing nerve activity. Particularly, it numbs muscles that are injured and decreases nerve activity. It also reduces swelling and inflammation by reducing nerve activity. However it isn’t appropriate for everyone, especially children and pregnant women. Cold therapy is more beneficial for those suffering from severe injuries, as it causes the body to react differently to heat.

Inflammation is lessened
Cold therapy is a method to treat a variety of health conditions. It reduces inflammation by reducing the blood vessels of muscles, which decreases the flow of blood. In addition, cold therapy can reduce pain signal transmission by the brain. There are two types of cold therapy such as homemade ice packs and chemical cold packs. Like heat therapy cold therapy should be limited to the recommended time frame. Being exposed to cold for too long can result in ice burns and itching.

Both cold and heat therapy have their advantages, however, they can also cause negative side effects. Cold therapy is more effective for acute injuries that result from diminished blood flow. Heating therapy increases blood flow and reduces inflammation, swelling, and improves circulation. It also has a psychological calming impact on the patient, which makes it a great option for pain management that is ongoing. However cold therapy isn’t as effective for long-term pain management.