Health Tip: Soothing Pain With Cold Therapy10/18/13
(HealthDay News) -- Cold therapy helps alleviate pain and
swelling caused by sprains, strains and the like by reducing blood
flow to the affected area.
The University of Rochester Medical Center in New York offers
- Use cold therapy within 24 to 48 hours of an injury -- such as
bruises, bumps, sprains or strains.
- Wrap an ice or gel pack in a thin towel before applying to the
- Do not leave the cold pack on the area for longer than 20
minutes at a time, and take 10-minute breaks between
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