View Full Version : Ice or heat.

08-01-2008, 05:24 PM
Because this topic comes up occasionally, I thought I would post a couple of interesting links that a friend recommended to me recently. As this pain management clinic points out, ice has long been recommended because it's the right thing to do in case of high-energy muscle trauma, so sports doctors assumed it was the right thing to do for all sports injuries. This clinic believes that RICE is not appropriate for most sports injuries. They recommend MEAT. They also recommend against ibuprofen and NSAIDs. Whether or not they're right I can't say, but they do make some interesting thoughts. I've been trying to use their advice for the last month or so but haven't come to any conclusions yet.


08-01-2008, 05:26 PM
interesting... i just hurt my back and finished an advil container over the course of a week....

08-02-2008, 06:28 AM
very informative, thanks. Haven't played tennis in 5 wks and maybe many more cos nursing a hand injury. Staying away from ice anyway and reading these articles helped.

What do you guys think of using Epson salt in warm/mildly hot water and soaking injured hand/whatever in it? Supposed to help greatly, any idea if this has any negative effects?

Does the above combo decrease blood flow or anything?


albino smurf
08-02-2008, 06:48 AM
I like heat if there is no swelling involved.

08-02-2008, 08:48 AM
Ice all the way.

08-02-2008, 09:20 AM
Ice in the early stages, heat if needed later on (after a week I think it was).

In the early stages, heat will increase swelling.

08-02-2008, 02:17 PM
Ice almost always (several times a day) whenever inflammation occurs. Even some non-inflammation conditions, such as tendinosis, calls for ice therapy. One notable exception to the ice advice is for most, but not all, back conditions. Most back conditions respond best to heat (I posted a link or 2 about this in another thread several days back).

Other than back conditions, I usually only use heat as part of a pre-exercse warm up routine -- don't want the muscles & joints to be cold when playing or exercising.

08-02-2008, 02:21 PM

Following is the post that I was referring to:

tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=2548823 (http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=2548823)