Heat or Ice? What is R.I.C.E.?

by Dr Calhoun | November 8th, 2011

Hot and cold therapy? Heat or Ice? Chronic or acute? What to use, when and how often? What is R.I.C.E.? The answer is simply to use cold for sudden injuries (Acute) such sprains, strains and impact injuries and to use heat for long-term (Chronic) pain. R.I.C.E. is short for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. It is the treatment method for Acute Injury. Rest prevents futher injury and allows healing to start. Ice slows infammation and numbs the area of injury. Compression with a cloth wrap or bandage around the area of injury limits swelling and stabilizes the area. Elevation also reduces swelling and limites use of the area so healing will occur more rapidly. Elevation of the injury above the level of the heart is usually recommended. With Chronic pain heat is recommended to increase ciculation and reduce stiffness and scarring of the area that it is applied. There is a best method to apply heat or cold relative to the area and degree of injury. How often, when to apply, how hot or cold and in what form are specifics in treatment.  Dr. Calhoun, Cedar Park Chiropractor is a specialist in acute and chronic injury and it’s treatment. As your Sports Chiropractor, Dr. Calhoun can give you the advice that you need to treat any musculoskeletal injury such as strains, sprains, chronic muscle and joint pain.  Neck, back, shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand, hip, knee, and ankle/foot are typical injured areas that Dr. Calhoun treats. Call 512-689-9864 for an appointment today.

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