Riverside Medical Clinic Pain Management

Pain Management Using Cold and Heat

If properly utilized when used correctly, a combination of hot and cold treatments can provide relief for up to 5 days. This therapy is especially beneficial for injuries from overuse and muscle tears. Cold therapy decreases inflammation and pain through dilatation blood vessels. It helps speed up the flow of blood to the area that is injured. And it can help with chronic joint pain. The greatest thing about both therapies is that they can be combined!

Reduces inflammation
Compared to heat therapy, cold therapy lessens inflammation and blood flow to the affected area. The cold therapy decreases swelling, while the heating therapy increases blood flow and draws in more nutrients. Heat therapy is especially efficient in pain management due to its calming effects on joints. What therapy should you use to relieve your pain? Here are some helpful suggestions. Also, be sure you check out our helpful chart. Let’s explore how heat and cold therapy can work together.

Ice therapy can be very effective at decreasing swelling and inflammation. It also has a numbing effect and reduces messages to the brain that signal pain. The most effective cold therapies include ice baths, homemade ice packs, and chemical cold packs. It is important to follow the same procedure as heat therapy and limit cold exposure. Don’t leave the ice pack on your skin for longer than 20 minutes because this could cause ice burns and hives.

Swelling is reduced
Although cold therapy can reduce swelling, it has certain limitations. Patients suffering from chronic injuries should not use this method. In addition, cold therapy should not be used on open wounds and is not recommended for individuals with circulatory or neuropathic conditions. Patients suffering from infections should consult with their doctor before using cold therapy. Cold therapy should be applied on the affected areas only in the early stages of pain.

Doctors suggest that you apply ice to help reduce swelling, and then apply heat to relieve discomfort. The heat therapy increases blood flow and warms muscles prior to exercise. Cold therapy, on other hand, slows down blood flow and reduces swelling. Cover the affected area with an apron to provide the best relief. To get the best results cold therapy should be applied for at minimum 15 minutes a day.

Reduces pain
Depending on the nature of injury, cold or hot therapy is the most effective way of decreasing pain. For acute pain, like an injury to a muscle heating is the best treatment. Cold therapy is suggested for chronic pain, such long-term joint pain. There isn’t a hard and fast rule for which one is more efficient. Many people suffering from joint pain will benefit from cold therapy.

Cryotherapy, also known as cold therapy, is used to reduce pain caused by inflammation and swelling. It helps to reduce the damage to tissues by reducing nerve activity. It reduces muscle numbness and nerve activity. It also reduces swelling and inflammation by reducing nerve activity. Cold therapy is not recommended for everyone, especially pregnant women and children. Because cold therapy causes the body to respond differently than heat, it is recommended for those suffering from severe pain from an injury.

Lowers inflammation
Cold therapy can be used to treat a variety health conditions. It lowers inflammation by constricting blood vessels in muscles, which slows down the flow of blood. Cold therapy also reduces pain signal transmission by your brain. Cold therapy methods include homemade ice packs and chemical cold packs. The use of cold therapy should be only for the time period recommended as with heat therapy. Prolonged cold exposure can cause an increase in hives or iceburns.

Both cold and warm therapy have their advantages, but they also have negative effects. Injuries that are acute are more likely to be treated with cold therapy because of the diminished blood flow. Heat therapy helps increase blood flow and reduce inflammation and swelling through improving circulation. It can also provide psychological calming effects, making it a good option to manage chronic pain. Cold therapy is not as effective in long-term pain management.