The length of time varies depending on the person, the injury area, and type of cold treatment with 10-20 minutes being sufficient.
Do NOT leave ice on for longer than 30 minutes.
Length of time for varies depending on the person, injury area, and type of cold treatment.
How Long Do I Ice My Injury?
A period 10-20 minutes at a time should be sufficient. You can ice for 10-20 minutes on and then off for 10-20 minutes as many times as needed. Do NOT ever leave ice on for more than 30 minutes at a time on any body part. Some studies have shown that you must apply the ice immediately to get the positive effects of ice. Frostbite has occurred when leaving ice on for as much as an hour. (see When is Using Ice Not Recommended) Older individuals with possible skin irritation should stay closer to 10 minutes and some should avoid ice all together. Bony areas or individuals with little body fat should stay at the lower end of treatment times. The application of a cold pack reduces local muscular blood-flow by approximately 50% after 10 minutes, which is the desired effect when swelling occurs.1 A recent study showed that using ice with a cold towel for repeated treatments of 10 minutes was most effective.2 One study showed that ice is effective, but should be applied in repeated applications of 10 minutes to be most effective, avoid side effects, and prevent possible further injury.1 The answer to how long do I ice my injury is never longer than 30 minutes at a time.
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Very professional, kind people who answered each question I had throughout the program. The program was challenging, yet possible for someone with my injuries to complete. The E-Stim sessions seemed to help, also. I completed the exercises I was directed to do at home each day to strengthen my back.
Fantastic, I would recommend it to anyone and a nice friendly caring atmosphere. They will help you with what ever your needs are.
Great place for rehab. I will let everyone know who needs rehab to come out and see there great facility. Thanks a lot for all your help!!!!!!
Excellent, Chris predicted 3 months of work and it was just at 3 months. I have great range of motion now in my shoulder. Chris and Rodney pushed me and the work paid off. Lindsi is always cheerful, helpful and sweet. x
they defiantly helped me get my knees back to where i wanted them and even make them stronger.
I am very pleased with my treatment here. Chris, Chad and Buena were very professional and knowledgeable about my injuries and were able to guide me through a process to help my recovery once I have surgery.
Excellent. I’ve been to three other physical therapy facilities over the years, this is by far the best in terms of the specialized equipment and level of custom and personal care. The results I’ve had have far surpassed what I achieved at the other physical therapy facilities. I would highly recommend to anyone! All of you have been wonderful, and I am grateful for the improvement I’ve shown! Office experience has improved dramatically since Alicia joined AtheletePlus. Give everyone bonuses! 🙂
Great. Open late so I didn’t have to work a lot of work. Physical Therapist were easy to work with and very friendly.
It was amazing that I walked in with such pain and weakness that I thought I was going to be on disability and the next step was a wheelchair. After 18 weeks of work with the trainers, I feel that I have a new expectation that I can do anything.
I almost didn’t come back after the first week of therapy because the pain was so bad but I’m so glad I did. My experience was so good with all of the therapy assistants. I felt they were very caring.