Should I apply ice or heat to my injury?

A general rule is that within the first 48-72 hours following an acute injury ice is beneficial to control inflammation and pain. For more long-term injuries and chronic problems heat is more beneficial to promote blood flow and reduce stiffness. In between during the sub-acute phase sometimes a combination of heat and ice can be beneficial. These are the general rules but there are exceptions and sometimes it comes down to the discretion of the practitioner and the patient.

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