Austin Sports Medicine: Ice or Heat for Sports Injuries?

It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!

Even the best athletes face injuries now and again – but what’s the best way to treat those injuries? Do you ice that sprain or apply heat? We’ve got a few tips to help you navigate the recovery and treatment process:

  • There are 2 types of athletic injuries: acute and chronic
  • Acute pain hits rapidly but is short-lived
  • Acute injuries are sudden, sharp, traumatic injuries
  • Acute injuries typically result from impact or trauma like a fall, sprain or collision
  • Common signs of acute injuries include pain, tenderness, redness, skin that is warm to the touch, swelling and inflammation
  • Cold/ice therapy is best for acute injuries
  • Chronic pain develops slowly but is long-lasting
  • Chronic injuries are subtle, and sometime come and go
  • Chronic injuries are often the result of overuse, but can develop when an acute injury doesn’t heal
  • Heat therapy is best for chronic injuries

Come back for our next blogs, as we discuss the specifics of heat and ice therapies!

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