STOP Using Cold Therapy for Acute Injuries

STOP Using Cold Therapy for Acute Injuries

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You should always use cold therapy for acute injuries, right? Wrong. Find out why!


0:00 Introduction: Should you use ice for injuries?
0:53 Is inflammation always bad?
1:35 Why not to use cold therapy for acute injuries
2:26 Other things to avoid for acute injuries 
2:55 What to do for acute injuries 
5:52 Check out my video on referred pain!

Let’s talk about why you should not use cold therapy for acute injuries. While ice can help reduce pain and probably inflammation, I didn’t find any evidence that cold therapy for acute injuries improves recovery. 

There is also the question of whether or not we would want to reduce inflammation. Chronic inflammation isn’t good for your health. But, inflammation in an acute state may not be a negative thing we need to eliminate. 

Inflammation is a fundamental part of healing, and you don’t want to do anything to stop the healing process. 

Why not to use cold therapy for acute injuries:
• It inhibits recovery 
• It slows down the repair process 
• It delays normal function 

Applying ice can help with pain, but it’s at the expense of inhibiting recovery. Medications may also slow repair because they get rid of inflammation. The key to repair is not to decrease inflammation prematurely. 

The best things to do for an acute injury:
1. Depending on the injury and severity, you would want to use passive range of motion or active range of motion for that part of the body. 

2. Try infrared light therapy to increase recovery and decrease pain. 

3. Use manual therapy on the opposite side of your body from where you were injured. 

4. Get plenty of vitamin D to support your immune system and for inflammation and pain. 



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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps explain why not to use cold therapy for acute injuries. I’ll see you in the next video.


By: Dr. Eric Berg DC
Title: STOP Using Cold Therapy for Acute Injuries
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