Why Ice and Anti-inflammatory Medication is NOT the Answer
November 13, 2013 3 Comments
Interesting post. I usually don’t ice things. If I recommend ice, it is for pain, not for tissue healing. Anecdotally, A bucket of water and ice seemed to help my ankle sprains recover faster than not icing.
The evidence though is in the favour of not icing…and no anti-inflams…which is why you often see me shrug my shoulders if you ask me if you should take them…I don’t :)
Originally posted on Athletic Medicine:
In July I posted a blog discussing the overuse of cryotherapy. The controversy surrounding the topic made it one of the most popular blogs I’ve written. What is surprising to me is that a controversy exists at all. Why, where, and when did this notion of anti-inflammation start? Ice, compression, elevation and NSAIDs are so commonplace that suggesting otherwise is laughable to most. Enter an Athletic Training Room or Physical Therapy Clinic nearly all clients are receiving some type of anti-inflammatory treatment (ice, compression, massage, NSAIDs, biophysical modalities, etc). I evaluated a client the other day and asked what are you doing currently – “Well, I am taking anti-inflammatories and icing.” Why do you want to get rid of inflammation and swelling? I ask this question for both chronic and acute injury!
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