As a long-time dancer, I think it’s fair to say I’ve had a number of injuries throughout my life — back pain, sore muscles, twisted ankles (OK, those are usually from being a klutz rather than an athlete…) But this is one of those questions that, until I did the research for this article, I honestly did not know the answer to. Anyone who regularly works out should keep this information in their back pocket for the day that they come home with a slight injury.
Hot or cold? How to decide whether to use heat or ice when treating an injury.
We have all had that sinking feeling after hearing a pop in a joint or feeling a wrench in our back. The pain begins, and immediately the gears start turning in our head: What’s better for this type of injury? Should I use a heating pad? An ice pack? Can I treat this at home or do I need to consult with a specialist, like a physical therapist? Here are some guidelines to remember as you recover.