I have heard that I should use cold for my pain. When should I use warmth and when should I use cold?

Cold therapy helps to decrease edema (swelling) and muscle or joint pain found at the early stage of an injury. Application of cold products to the site of injury decreases blood flow to the area, thereby decreasing swelling and pain. Alternating hot and cold therapy may be a good way to address both the pain and swelling associated with certain injuries. As with all therapies, ask your doctor which treatment is better for you.

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