Call Flex Physical Therapy @ 949-429-3220

Cold Facts!

If you suffer a strain or sprain, the best way to prevent swelling is to apply ice immediately. Cold therapy prevents swelling by keeping blood and cellular fluid from rushing to the injured tissue.

It also helps keep muscle spasms to a minimum. Ice should only be applied to the injury site until the skin begins to feel numb - beyond that point can lead to nerve damage and even frostbite. Ice packs made of rubber or fabric, or towel covered plastic bags can usually be applied for 30 minutes. When submerging an injured body part in ice water, a 20 minute limit should be observed. Cold gel packs should be applied for no longer than 10 minutes.

If your sprain or strain is still bothering you after a couple of days, ask your physician to refer you to our facility for rehabilitation. We do a comprehensive evaluation for each patient to prescribe therapeutic exercises that build strength, and develop strategies that prevent and reduce pain and symptoms. Our state-of-the-art technology includes laser therapy for a number of conditions, including post-surgical conditions, scar tissue reduction, wound care, chronic and acute pain treatments. Call 949-429-3220 to learn more, or to ask about our home care and geriatric services.

PS: After the first two days of icing an injury, heat can be used to ease pain and relax muscles once the swelling has subsided.