This is a very common question and most health professionals would say to use cold therapy if your shoulder was injured in the past 72 hrs. After 72hrs they would say use heat to promote healing. This is a very acceptable statement and followed by millions but there is no scientiﬁc evidence to support these claims. At the Advanced Shoulder Pain Relief Centre we are all about relief so you are encouraged to use the modality (hot or cold) that you gives you the most relief. Relief is what you need so try both and your body will tell you.
COLD THERAPY APPLICATION PROCEDURES:
When using cold therapy relief do not apply a cold pack directly to your skin to prevent frost bite. Wet a towel and wrap the ice in it. If you apply some compression with the ice you will get even greater results. The duration office is the most important part. DO NOT GO ANY LONGER THAN 10-12 mins. You can re-apply as often as you need after your skin temperature to touch is the same on both shoulders.
ALWAYS TEST YOUR SKINS SENSATION PRIOR TO APPLYING HEAT OR COLD
Make sure you have proper sensation prior to putting on heat or ice. An easy test would be to heat a spoon up under the tap then touch the spoon to your right shoulder then left shoulder area. If you can feel the heat and the sensation is equal on both sides this is a normal response. If you have poor sensation then do not apply heat and talk to your therapist. To test cold you do the same test with cold tap water.
This article was an excerpt taken from our shoulder pain relief manual, You could download it for free by clicking here.
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This article was written by We-Fix-U’s Owner and experienced Registered Physiotherapist. He has taken a special interest in treating back injuries since his own back surgery and rehab experience. His highlights have been working as a Physio along side the athletes from the 2000 Olympics. Dave is always willing to help when needed.