Prevention is better than cure

The subject of prevention and fitness is extremely important. Our professional instruction will provide you with a tailor-made strengthening and exercise programme based on your needs. In addition to targeting specific problem areas, this programme helps you achieve an all-round feeling of wellbeing.

Ice packs and heat pads are among the most commonly used treatments in orthopedics. So which one is the right one to use for your injury, ice or heat? And how long should the ice or heat treatments last? Read on for information about treatment of injuries with ice packs and heating pads.

 

Ice Treatment

Ice treatment is most commonly used for acute injuries. If you have a recent injury (within the last 48 hours) where swelling is a problem, you should be using ice treatment. Ice packs can help minimize swelling around the injury.

 

Ice packs are often used after injuries such as an ankle sprain. Applying an ice pack early and often for the first 48 hours will help minimize swelling. Decreasing swelling around an injury will help to control the pain.

 

Ice treatments may also be used for chronic conditions, such as overuse injuries in athletes. In this case, ice the injured area after activity to help control inflammation. Never ice a chronic injury before activity.

 

Heat Treatment

Heat treatments should be used for chronic conditions to help relax and loosen tissues and to stimulate blood flow to the area. Use heat treatments for chronic conditions such as overuse injuries before participating in activities.

 

Do not use heat treatments after activity and do not use heat after an acute injury. Heating tissues can be accomplished using a heating pad or even a hot, wet towel. When using heat treatments be very careful to use a moderate heat for a limited time to avoid burns. Never leave heating pads or towels on for extended periods of time or while sleeping.

 

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The following is information on Injury prevention.