All of us will always get confuse when we got injury. We need to take a decision whether to use ice pack or hot pack. If we give the wrong treatment it can cause more complication to the victim. Here is a video by Dr.Mandell on when to use ice and hot pack.
Dr. Alan H Mandell is a Chiropractic Specialist in Miami, Florida. He graduated with honors from Life Chiropractic College in 1985. Having more than 34 years of diverse experiences, especially in CHIROPRACTIC, Dr. Alan H Mandell affiliates with no hospital, and cooperates with other doctors and specialists without joining any medical groups.
When you get injured the first thing your body do is developing inflammation. Whereby there will be swelling, pain, heat and tenderness. Once you get inflammation the first step is to use ice pack which will constrict the blood vessels and reduce the inflammation. Do cover the ice with a piece of cloth because direct ice contact can burn your skin. Apply ice pack for 15 to 20 minutes followed by a compression bandage for about two to three hours.
Can I use heat? The answer is yes but at least after 24 hours. Make sure the injured part is not swelling too much before applying hot pack. Moist heat is recommended since it easily absorb by our skin. Hopefully, this will give us the understanding on how to use the cold and the hot pack.