Should I apply ice or heat to an injury?

Ice should be used in the acute stage of an injury (within the first 24-48 hours), or whenever there is swelling. Ice helps to reduce inflammation by decreasing blood flow to the area in which cold is applied. Heat increases blood flow and may promote pain relief after swelling subsides. Heat may also be used to warm up muscles prior to exercise or physical therapy.

Our Locations

Affiliated Orthopaedic Specialists, PA, has two offices conveniently located in central NJ.

North Brunswick Office

2186 Route 27 | Suite 1A
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

(732) 422-1222

Manalapan Office

50 Franklin Lane | Suite 102
Manalapan, NJ 07726

(732) 617-9500

AOS Locations