When to use heat and ice therapy

When you suffer from an injury of the musculoskeletal system the immediate 

healthcare will involve applying an ice pack or heating pad as it is an essential component of R.I.C.E(rest, compression, ice, and elevation).

Even after initial use, these are also used by physical therapists during their sessions to treat orthopedic injuries but most of the time when you use a heat pack or ice pack at home for treating your injury you may become uncertain and confused about which one to use and how to use it.

If you use them unsafely and without the supervision of your physical therapist for without asking any expert it will cause more harm than good and can lead to severe consequences later on
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Ice Treatment

Most of the time your physical therapist will use ice treatment for treating acute injuries and it helps reduce swelling pain and inflammation of the affected area.

Inflammation is one of the body’s natural responses to an injury or an infection and it helps us to identify the site of injury or the area of inflammation. blood tissues and vessels are swelled so the immune cells can get closer to the damaged area

It is a vital step for healing but if left untreated it may  cause extreme pain and disabilities

If you are suffering from any physical injury within the past 48 hours cryotherapy can be the best treatment for this it will help you to minimize the inflammation reduce bleeding within the tissues and depress muscle spasm and pain

Ice treatment is also used to treat  chronic conditions which may include overuse injuries in athletes such as tendonitis or bursitis this pack is applied immediately after physical therapy to treat inflammation

Heat Treatment

As you have already discussed that ice treatment  is used to treat acute conditions so it is evident now that heat treatment is used for chronic conditions

The heat treatment helps to relax the tissues and cause vasodilation of capillaries so that it will stimulate the blood flow to the affected area of the body

It is commonly used to treat overuse injuries before any action is performed

It can also be an effective treatment for pain relief because muscle tension heating helps to relax tissues and loosen the stiff joints which make it appropriate for musculoskeletal conditions such as Arthritis or muscle strains

Steam table or moist heating pads are used to intensify the penetration of heat from superficial layers into the deep layers of the body some people may believe that I should provide better pain relief than dry heat
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