Intermittent Icing Best for Ankle Sprains

Intermittent Icing Best for Ankle Sprains
Ice is the accepted method for treating swollen ankle joints after a sprain. Ice reduces pain and swelling and speeds recovery. The treatment plan involves putting ice in a sealed plastic bag, placing it on the ankle, wrapping it with an elastic bandage and elevating it above heart level. Most people apply the ice bag for about 30 minutes. This might be a mistake. Northern Irish researchers found that alternating short, 10-minute periods of icing followed by 10 minutes of rest with no ice pack reduced pain and swelling best. The superiority of intermittent icing lasted for a week. After that, there were no differences between icing methods in swelling, strength or range of motion. Use intermittent icing during the first week after a muscle or joint injury. This technique is effective only during the early stages of rehabilitation. After that, intermittent and continuous icing have the same effect. (British Journal Sports Medicine, 40: 700-705, 2006)

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