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Ice or heat after injury?

Written by FXNL Staff
June 4, 2018

“Why are we trying to decrease inflammation? Inflammation, the last I checked, was an amazing thing!”

We speak with physiotherapist, Dr. Bahram Jam [D.Sc.PT, M.PHTY, B.Sc.PT, FCAMT], about the evidence behind the use of ice post soft tissue injury. Bahram also discusses the effects of ice, heat, and anti-inflammatories on the body’s healing process.

To read Bahram’s article on icing, and for references to studies, visit:

Questioning the use of ICE Given Inflammation is a Perfectly Healthy Response Following Acute Musculoskeletal Injuries

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00:28 Can you introduce yourself?

01:03 Patients often ask if they should use ice or heat for an injury. How do you answer that?

02:10 Do you think that peoples preference (ice vs. heat) has an influence on their pain?

03:35 Can you explain how the inflammatory process works and how ice would influence that?

06:49 Is there any research that ice may have a negative effect after acute injury?

08:28 What are your thoughts on ice baths and whole body cryotherapy as a recovery tool?

10:41 What do you think is the best way to reduce swelling?

11:42 What are your thoughts on Rice vs Price vs Police post injury?

13:21 What would you suggest to help with recovery for people with mobility restrictions eg. Non-weight bearing or in a cast?

14:11 A common use of ice is post-surgery. What are your thoughts on ice machines post-op?

15:54 What about the use of heat post injury?

16:50 What are your thoughts on the use of anti-inflammatories post injury?

20:42 What about the use of topical anti-inflammatories?

21:31 Where can people find out more about you?

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