All nurses know that ice and heat are used at different times and for different reasons. But, it can get confusing sometimes. You don’t always know when to use heat and when to use ice. Well, here’s what the experts at Cleveland Clinic suggest:
For arthritis use heat – Heat will relax tight muscles and relieve the chronic pain of arthritis
Gout flare ups- Ice will numb the pain and ease the flare-up
Headache- Heat and Ice can be used. Heat will relax neck spasms that sometimes cause a headache and ice can numb the head pain. If you can’t stand the ice on your head a cold, wet cloth works well.
Sprains- Ice can ease inflammation and numbs the pain, but using heat once the inflammation decreases will ease any stiffness.
Strains- Ice will help decrease the inflammation and the heat can be used to decrease the stiffness once the inflammation subsides.