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Hot or Cold?

Hot or Cold?

Hot or Cold?

There is often confusion between applying hot or cold to an injury. For minor muscular injuries that have occured in the last 48 hours then cold should be applied if swelling is present. For chronic injuries where muscles are tight and stiff then heat is of benefit in helping muscles relax. If in doubt or your condition is worsening you should always seek the opinion of a qualified medical practitioner.

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Agreed it can be confusing. I'm a sports physio and also often asked that very same question and I say exactly the same in terms of when to ice and when to heat.
Andrew on 17/06/2013