Thread: Sprained Ankle
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Old 04-11-2008, 04:37 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Rickson View Post
You're gonna hurt yourself, buddy. Stop that hot/cold alternating nonsense immediately. When you're injured, you should only apply cold and never heat. Your body is pooling blood into the injured area and you need to get rid of it. Ice packs will bring down the swelling while heat will make it swell even more. Heat is not a tool for recovery, it's something we use after the injury is completely healed. Right now, you should ice and only ice because your goal is to bring that swelling down.

Totally true... for the first 48 hrs. After that heat is perfectly reasonable.
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