Should I use ice or heat on my injury?

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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.

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