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Cold Therapy

Cryotherapy - Cold Therapy

Cold therapy or cryotherapy as it is known is applying ice or cold to an injury for a therapeutic effect.

Below we outline when to apply cold therapy and when heat is more appropriate as well as the contraindications of cryotherapy, methods of application and the effects of applying cold therapy to a sports injury.

Cold therapy is often the immediate first aid applied as soon as possible for many sports injuries helping to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation. It is also beneficial alternating with heat after the acute stage has passed. 

Hot vs Cold Therapy

There is often confusion following an injury concerning whether to apply cold therapy or whether to warm the area. The answer depends on the type of injury you have sustained.

 

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