Thanks to Dr. Karen Godley of Select Physical Therapy for submitting this very informative blog! ….
Many people are unsure when to use heat and when to use ice when dealing with an injury. Here are some helpful guidelines.
Heat is typically used for chronic conditions, mainly to relieve pain, increase circulation, decrease muscle spasm and relieve joint and muscle stiffness.
Ice is typically used to decrease acute inflammation or swelling, relieve pain and muscle spasm and treating overuse injuries, common in athletes. An ice pack is a good source of cold therapy.
The annual incident rate for running injuries varies between 37-56% and 2.5-12.1 injuries per 1000 hours of running. If you have a running injury question or a question related to the application of heat or ice, please call our complimentary free Sports Injury Hotline at 1.877.465.6999. If you would like to purchase a moist heat pad or ice pack to care for your needs, please visit Select Physical Therapy at www.selectphysicaltherapy.com and go to “Visit Your Neighborhood” to find a location near you. You can also call the Sports Injury Hotline for assistance.
Visit us at our tent during the Reston 10 Miler on March 1 and submit your name for a drawing for a free ice pack, stretch out strap and Biofreeze.