Friday, October 7, 2011

Heat or Ice for Pulled Muscle

Have you ever pulled a muscle and wondered what is best; is it heat or ice for a pulled muscle?

The next time you twist, pull or strain something, think twice about grabbing a heat pack.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, the best way to treat an acute injury (e.g., pulled muscles, sprains) in the first 48 to 72 hours is with ice.

An ice pack or frozen gel pack wrapped in a thin towel will help lessen the pain and reduce swelling associated with the injury.

Do not apply for more than 20 minutes and wait at least 20 minutes before applying it again!

Source: American College of Sports Medicine

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