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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