Ice

Ice is a simple and effective techniques for injury and pain in muscles and joints. Ice decreases:

  • swelling
  • inflammation
  • tissue damage
  • blood clot formation
  • muscle spasms
  • pain
  • During an initial injury, tissue damage can cause uncontrolled swelling. This swelling can delay the healing time. If you use ice immediately, you will reduce the amount of swelling. Twenty minutes should be the maximum time per area. If it is necessary to reapply ice, let the skin go to normal temperature first.

    There are many ways of applying ice, but usually it is wrapped in a wet towel. Icing is most effective in the immediate period following an injury. The effect of icing diminishes significantly after about 48 hours.

    Do not allow ice to sit against the skin without a layer of protection.

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I had a Makoplasty in October of 2009 to insert a prosthesis in my medial compartment. I'm 3 months out and had to have a scope done Jan. 19th, just 4 days ago, because I had locking, pain, and muscle spasms. My doctor found a loose piece of cement in my knee joint, which he removed along with 3 other ...
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While walking out into my garage in limited light, I stumbled over my child's bicycle. My knee hit the side of my car and then landed on the concrete floor. Though sore I walked while putting pressure on my knee. The next day, my knee was swollen to the point in which it was difficult to bend the the leg. ...
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I walked outside my workplace to my car in the winter when I lived in Chicago, and it was dark. I walked onto a section of black ice on the sidewalk, and my foot landed okay, but when I pushed off, it slipped and I went down on my right knee. It almost felt like I could feel my kneecap ...

Ice is Used For These Conditions

Area
Condition Average Result Healed Helped
a Lot
Helped
a Little
No Change Made Worse
All Conditions (average)
3.5
(193)
51 49 47 36 10
Arm
Tennis Elbow
5.0
1
Arm
Compound Fracture
4.0
1
Arm
Elbow Tendinitis
3.7
1 1 1
Arm
Elbow Pain
3.0
1 1
Back General
Muscle Spasm
5.0
1
Back General
Pain
4.0
2 1
Back General
Spina Biffida/ Scoliosis
3.0
2
Back General
Postpartum Back Pain
1.5
1 1
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Piriformis Syndrome
5.0
1
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Muscle Strain
4.0
1
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Osteoarthritis - Degenerative Disc Disease
4.0
3
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Pain
3.6
3 4 2 1 1
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Pinched Nerve
3.5
1 1
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Herniated Disk
3.3
1 2 5 1
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Sciatica
3.2
1 1 1 2
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Scar Tissue
3.0
1
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Sacroiliac Joint
3.0
1 1
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Coccyx Area Pain
2.5
1 1
Back Mid (Thoracic)
Pain
3.0
1 1
Back Mid (Thoracic)
Herniated Disk
3.0
2
Back Upper - Neck (Cervical)
Pinched Nerve
5.0
1
Back Upper - Neck (Cervical)
Trapezius Spasm
5.0
1
Back Upper - Neck (Cervical)
Pain
4.8
3 1
Back Upper - Neck (Cervical)
Osteoarthritis - Degenerative disc disease
4.5
1 1
Back Upper - Neck (Cervical)
Muscle Strain
3.0
1
General
Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD)
4.0
1
General
Extremely Low or No Flexibility in Joints
4.0
1
Head
Chronic Headache
2.8
3 1
Hip
Pointer
5.0
1
Hip
Pain
4.4
3 1 1
Hip
Osteoarthritis
4.0
1 1
Hip
Ischial Tuberosity Syndrome
3.0
2
Hip
Labral Tear
3.0
2 2
Hip
Bursitis
2.8
3 1 3 1
Knee
Lack of Meniscus in Medial Compartment
5.0
1
Knee
Iliotibial band syndrome
5.0
2
Knee
Articular Cartilage Damage
5.0
1
Knee
Bruised Kneecap
5.0
2
Knee
Medial Collateral Ligament Injury
4.3
3 2 1
Knee
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Damage (ACL)
4.0
1 2 1
Knee
Chondromalacia
4.0
1
Knee
Bursitis
4.0
1 1
Knee
Lateral Meniscus Tear
4.0
1 1 1
Knee
Tendinitus
3.9
1 4 2
Knee
Medial Meniscus Tear
3.5
2 1 1 2
Knee
Pain
3.3
5 3 4 4 2
Knee
Osteoarthritis
3.0
1 3 1
Knee
Normal Cartilage Wear
3.0
1
Knee
Meniscus Knee Injury
2.7
1 1 1
Knee
Patello-Femoral Syndrome
2.2
1 4
Knee
Plica Syndrome
2.0
1
Knee
Osgood Schlatter
1.5
1 1
Leg
Ankle Sprain
5.0
1
Leg
Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
5.0
1
Leg
Plantar Fasciitis
4.0
1 1
Leg
Hamstring Strain
3.0
1
Shoulder
AC Joint Sprain
5.0
1
Shoulder
Rotator Cuff Injury
4.3
1 2
Shoulder
Dislocation
4.0
1
Shoulder
Tendinitis
4.0
1 1 1
Shoulder
Pain
3.3
1 2 2 2
Shoulder
Broken Clavicle
3.0
1 1
Shoulder
Bone Spurs
1.0
2
Skin
Rash (Small Red warts)
4.0
1
Skin
Rosacea
3.0
1
Skin
Eczema
3.0
1
Skin
Shingles (Herpes zoster)
2.0
2
Skin
Dark Eye Circles
2.0
1
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