Ice, Compression, Elevation after Injury

I would like to share with you this latest article by researcher and sports therapist Peter Thain.

He writes about a Twitter debate regarding the use of ice, compression and elevation (ICE) in acute injury management.

The intense debate centered on whether or not the use of ICE may interfere with the natural healing process of the tissue, so Peter decided to write the article instead of individually replying to each tweet.

The long and short of it is that Peter disagrees with the thought that ICE interferes with the healing process. He says that “the application of compression and elevation does not interfere with the inflammatory response, but rather aids it,” adding that “I don’t see these modalities as interfering with the inflammatory response but rather aided the removal of its waste products.”


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  • Using Ice, Compression, and Elevation (ICE) for acute injuries [click here to Tweet]
  • Does Ice, Compression, and Elevation (ICE) interfere with the natural healing process? [click here to Tweet]
  • Ice, Compression, and Elevation (ICE) for acute injuries – answering the debate [click here to Tweet]




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