Ice vs Heat: Post-Injury Recovery

I often get asked – Should I use heat or ice after an injury? How long for? Why?

Both cryotherapy (cold) and thermotherapy (hot) are useful in facilitating a speedy return to your sporting activity. But when is it best to use either?

Studies over the years have been relatively anecdotal. However, consensus tends to be in favour of utilising the benefits of cold therapy in the acute (immediate) stages and heat therapy during the subacute stage, following acute management.