Written by: Bryan Royce, MD
Should I use ice or heat on my injury?
Ice and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, known as NSAIDs (Tylenol, Advil or Aleve), help bring down swelling and can help with pain early after an injury. Heat can be soothing for lingering injuries. I recommend icing down a fresh injury to reduce swelling, then either heat or ice are fine. If it makes the injury feel better, go ahead and use it.
My suggestions if ice/heat doesn't work.
If the pain does not improve with NSAIDs and ice or heat after a few days, I recommend scheduling an appointment with your primary care physician. They will often take X-rays and suggest other possible non-operative treatments. They may suggest that you see an orthopedic surgeon if your injury might warrant surgical intervention.