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Should I Use an Ice Pack or a Heat Pack?

posted Aug 28, 2015, 1:54 AM by Rebecca Smith   [ updated Aug 28, 2015, 1:54 AM ]

Have you ever had an injury or experienced pain and wondered whether you should use an ice pack or a heat pack to manage it? Have you ever asked around to find out what people would recommend and ended up being even more confused? Then refer to the lists below to get a better idea of when an ice pack is useful and when a heat pack would be more beneficial:


  •          First 48 hours after sustaining an injury (e.g. ankle sprain)
  •          Reduce swelling
  •          Bruises
  •          Inflammatory conditions


  •          Arthritis
  •          Joint stiffness
  •          Neck pain
  •          Back pain
  •          Chronic pain (e.g. 3 month history of tennis elbow) 

Hopefully this list has provided more clarification. However, it still isn’t this simple as everyone responds differently and various factors can be involved that changes whether to use an ice pack or a heat pack. This is why your physiotherapist is the best person to give you advice in this area, as well as being able to provide it to you as part of your consult, hence providing you with a trial in a safe environment.

Have you been experiencing pain or have recently sustained an injury, then book yourself an appointment with Arron or myself.



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