The Benefits of Using Ice for Injuries

The application of cold and heat is a common practice to relieve pain and other symptoms commonly associated with sports injuries. Ice application offers several benefits, both shortly after an injury occurs and throughout the healing process. Your physical therapist will develop a personalized treatment and recovery program that may incorporate ice application in addition to other treatment methods, including stretching, exercise, and massage.

Reduces Pain

Ice and cold have numbing effects on the skin, which can reduce discomfort and pain without the need for medication. Alternatively, icing can be used in addition to pain medication for improved results. The application of ice has a near-immediate effect, allowing individuals to relieve pain quickly, which is often beneficial in the time shortly after an injury occurs. Ice therapy can also continue as needed, offering a consistent and long-term method of pain reduction that is easy for patients to utilize as part of their everyday or post-activity lifestyle.

Prevents Inflammation and Bleeding

Inflammation, or swelling, is a common side effect associated with sports injuries. It is an immune response within the body associated with increased blood flow to the affected area. Swelling can occur immediately after the body is injured and continue for several days or even weeks. Injured tissues may also experience internal bleeding. These effects can impact joint mobility and physical comfort over both the short and long term. Ice may be used on a one-time or regular basis to reduce inflammation and bleeding at the injury site, preventing discomfort, stiffness, and the accumulation of fluid.

At Baxter & Walsh Physical Therapy & Rehabilitative Services, we are focused on helping patients recover from sports injuries and manage chronic pain for a healthy and active lifestyle. If you’d like to learn more about our physical therapy services on Long Island, please visit our website to take a look at our physical therapists and the conditions we treat. You can also reach us by phone at (631) 206-2989 in Bay Shore or (516) 826-0116 in Wantagh.