That is the question.
Often people ask for advice as to whether they should use ice after injury of not. At schools, pupils are educated on the RICE principle – Rest Ice Compression Elevation – but what should you really be doing.
When to use ice?
Apply ice for 15-20 minutes every 2-3 hours within the first 48-72 hours following the [soft-tissue] injury
– NICE Guidelines 2016
Why use it?
- Ice can alleviate pain
- It also reduces swelling
When to be cautious?
If you suffer from a peripheral vascular disease or Raynauds it would be best to seek advice as to whether you should use ice as a treatment for your injury.
You should also take precautions to avoid frostbite, such as wrapping the ice-pack in a tea towel. Also avoid applying ice to an open wound.