Should I use ice or heat? We get this question a lot.
ICE: Any acute (within 72 hours) pain or injury
Pain is moderate to severe, radiates to other parts of the body, limits range of motion, feels warm to the touch.
HEAT: Any mild or chronic pain
Some examples are arthritis, headaches, muscle aches and joint stiffness.
Here's a rule of thumb when it comes to using ice and heat packs; Use each for 20 minutes at a time.
Generally, ice should be applied every hour, 6-8 times a day. Heat should be applied every 2-3 hours.
We hope this helps!