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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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!!!!
It was really good, they help me recover faster then I thought. Definite 10/10. * Update: This patient recently set a school record in 400 m in track in 2016
My experience was very good and my physiotherapist was very informative. I am happy to come back here again after my knee surgery.
My experience was great! They are all very nice and very helpful, the workers here do a great job, and also make you feel very comfortable by building a relationship with their patients. They also strive to get you at the level you need to be at, and will give it their all to get you there. I would recommend everyone I know to go to Athlete Plus!
Very professional and kind people who answered each question I had throughout the Low Back Program
I was really pleased with the service at AthletePlus. The staff is professional and helpful. I felt comfortable asking any questions about the therapy and anything related to my injury. I felt at ease getting advice on how to adapt the routines so I could do them at home. Overall, I would recommend them to anyone.
i connected with the staff. i had fun and I am glad i dont have to get surgery.
Great experience. Always felt motivated to work my hardest and knew that the therapists were truly caring about my recovery.
Overall a very positive experience. The staff has been very professional and have provided me with not just therapy, but a method to continue my work outside the center. All the exercises provided have been such that they can be integrated into my normal workout routine. This should allow me to work on any problems on my own in the future. I have been very pleased with the progress I made and with the program.
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.