Ice vs. Heat: What's Better for your Pain?

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!