Hot Pad versus cold pack Ice Pack for Pain Relief

When do I use heat and when do I use cold?

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Cold therapy Vs heat therapy 

When we should be using heat therapy and when cold therapy. Sounds confusing ? Yes, it is.

Most of us always seem to ask this question…read on to know more.

When do we use cold treatment or cold packs?

Cold Pack, Cool pack, Ice pack, Cool pad
Cold Therapy

We know from our past experiences of home remedy that when children get hurt while playing, bruising themselves or suddenly get hurt on any body part. They come running home and mothers use cold therapy. They put some ice cubes or cold water over there, so that there is no bleeding; blood clots and swelling  stops.

Cold therapy in the form of ice packs are applied when you get a recent injury and have an open and bleeding wound. Applying cold stops blood flow to the area and helps in drying up the wound.  Cold therapy helps in reducing swelling of body area. Swelling happens due to impact such as falling on the ground or hitting your body against something hard.

Ice and cold packs can thus relieve pain, stop swelling and inflammation from injuries.

What about heat pads?

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Heat Therapy

On the other hand, heat helps in circulating blood flow into the area. You apply heat generally in cases where there is muscle spasm or stiffness which is causing the pain. If the pain is on account of cramps or exercise or old age arthritis, and clearly not an open wound due to recent injury, then you use heat therapy.

Heat pads are very effective tools for such muscle pains in different body areas such as back, neck, shoulders or knees.

Learn about various kinds of heat pads available in India online market here. 

When do I see a doctor?

However, for chronic arthritis conditions or acute pain, it is best to consult the doctor and ask what kind of kind of pack you should be using – hot or cold.  For certain arthritic conditions, doctors do recommend ice packs or alternative between cold and heat pads.

Also, if someone gets hurt recently and there is major injury in the nature of profuse bleeding, then see a doctor. If there are chances of bone fracture or pain stays for more than 2- 3 days, then it is advisable to go for emergency medical assistance. In such a case, a doctor in the emergency ward or an orthopaedist in a health clinic can provide the right treatment.

You can make yourself some of the cold packs and use them effectively

Ice/cold towel: You can simply take a wet towel with cold water and squeeze it and apply when it is damp and cold. We use this often at home and this works. You can even freeze the wet towel for 15-20 minutes and use the same on injury area.

Ice/cold pack: Take few cubes of ice (depending upon the area) and put in a plastic bag or a piece of thin cloth or an ice pack which you can buy at a store. If using in an ice pack or bag, you can fill this with some water and use the pack.

Alternatively, buy cold pack or ice packs online

Alternatively, if you do not have time or want to have something you can use readily, then you can buy one ice pack online. There are a range of ice or cold packs available online. They are usually filled with grains, seeds or beads and you will need to store them in your freezer.

Nowadays, many different shapes and sizes are available in these cold packs so that you can use them for different areas of your body such as arm, knee or even eyes.

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Or you can simply buy a bag which you can fill with ice and/or water, and use the same to affected areas.

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