In every physical therapy clinic and athletic trainer's room one will find ice for treatment in many forms. However, most lay people don't realize that the use of ice for orthopedic injuries has very thin research support. In addition, there is some research and speculation that it, in at least some situations, may make the situation worse.
Following are some links to articles discussing the use of ice therapeutically for orthopedic injuries in various stages:
The Reason You Need to STOP Icing Your Running Injuries Right Now
Should We Ice Injuries?
Does ice really reduce swelling and speed up healing?
Paradigm Shifts: Use of Ice & NSAIDs Post Acute Soft Tissue Injuries (Part 1 of 2)
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