When is Ice Not Cool?
Ice can be harmful to some individuals with certain medical conditions.
There may be exceptions where your doctor or therapist will allow a minimum amount of ice, but consult your own doctor.
When is using ice not recommended?
Although ice is recommended for acute injuries, caution should be taken for some individuals. Certain conditions such as diabetes should not be treated with cold therapy because of the decrease in blood flow already present.1 In addition, body areas such as elbow, knee, and ankle have less body fat may need less time with ice. Also, older patients typically have less fatty tissue and do not tolerate ice for long periods. People with problems in the blood vessels near the skin should avoid cold therapy, especially those with Raynaud’s phenomenon (a condition in which the blood vessels in the fingers, toes, ears, and nose constrict dramatically when exposed to cold and other stimuli).2-4 If you suspect you may be at risk because of diabetes or another condition that can diminish blood flow, check with your doctor before applying cold to an injury.
When is using ice not recommended? Do Not Use Ice If You Have Any of the Following:
Buerger’s Disease, Raynaud’s phenomenon, diabetes mellitis, peripheral vascular disease, unresponsive patient, anesthetized extremity, cold hemagglutination, cryoglobulinemia, pheochromocytoma, and a true cold allergy.1
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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.
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.
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Overall very pleased with the results of the rehab. All aspects exceeded my expectations although I had high doubts this would alleviate my pain.
Great. Open late so I didn’t have to work a lot of work. Physical Therapist were easy to work with and very friendly.
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great experience! Met some new friends and i got to learn so much from just watching you guys work. i’m a visual learner so yeah. i have helped some other people with knee injuries because i learned so much. maybe thats why i kept asking so many questions RODNEY!!!!
I started my physical therapy in a significant amount of pain. After a couple weeks I stopped taking pain medicine because I was experiencing so much relief from pain. The staff was so helpful and knowledgeable. Every visit was a positive experience.
Very enjoyable. Instruction was concise and focus on my injury was expertly addressed. Chris let me describe in detail my injury and built a program specific to treating my issue.
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