Should You Use Ice or Heat When You Have an Injury or Discomfort?


Ankle icon Best used within 48 hours of initial injury

Swell icon Helps reduce swelling

Pain icon Helps numb the discomfort


Bandage icon Better for chronic injuries or discomfort

Muscle icon Helps muscles relax

Joint icon Helps loosen stiff joints

Return icon Improves blood flow to the area

Neck icon Usually preferred for chronic neck or back discomfort

Bones icon Often preferred with arthritis

Ultimately, if your injury or discomfort is not recent, using ice or heat may be a personal preference as to which helps manage your symptoms more. If you have questions about using ice or heat because of an ache or discomfort you have, contact your OccuCare.