Hot or cold compress?

@stuckonu (726)
Philippines
September 20, 2011 6:22am CST
Hi Mylotters! I was just wondering what will I apply to my joint pains, especially my knee, is it a hot or a cold compress? When I go to a physical therapist, they applied a hot compress but then again the therapist of some athletes that I can see on TV are applying cold compress. Which is the right one?
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@secretbear (19472)
• Philippines
21 Sep 11
Hi! I think it depends on the kind of physical injury or whatever pain you are feeling. Like for example, if you have a fever, you put a cold compress in your forehead to lower your body temperature. When something is swelling in your body, particularly if you bump your head, you use cold compress. For hot compress, I always see old people use this for their joints and arthritis problems. I think for cramps, you use hot compress, too. But then again, maybe they can be used interchangeably.
@WakeUpKitty (8711)
• Netherlands
20 Sep 11
There is no right or wrong, both can work. It depends on what exactly causes the pain and which effect you want to have. I always learned that you should beat the heath (fever, infections, etc) with heath so a hot compress. The rest you can do with a cold compress (not feeling pain, itchy etc). Just try out what works the best for you only that way you can find it out.
@pibi713 (187)
• China
20 Sep 11
When you are hurt, you should use cold compress in the first 48 hours. This method has been widely used in the American sports world. After the 48 hours, when the swelling has been controlled, you starte to use hot compress.
@arlerambabu (1080)
• India
20 Sep 11
It depends on the type of problem you have. Some may need hot compresses. Some may need cold compresses. Some both alternatively. It‘s the therapist who decides. [b][/b]
@Dep1593 (73)
• Indonesia
20 Sep 11
As far I know, cold compress is for losing the pains for while like morfin or somekind of it, and hot compress is for reduce or maybe heal the swelling... so maybe the hot one is good,.
@Dep1593 (73)
• Indonesia
20 Sep 11
As far I know, cold compress is for losing the pains for while like morfin or somekind of it, and hot compress is for reduce or maybe heal the swelling... so maybe the hot one is good,
• United States
20 Sep 11
Hot or cold will depend on what type of injury or condition you are treating. For a new injury you can alternate hot and cold which will help speed healing and reduce swelling. For just swelling (after the initial 48 hours of hot/col therapy) you'll only need ice. However, if it is arthritic in nature ice will make you scream - so you'll only want warm.
@nezavisima (7419)
• Bulgaria
20 Sep 11
I honestly do not know. each has a different method of treatment. but for me it is better to make a cold compress think it helps more. I think not treat yourself and seek professional and treated as a doctor he is only because the more people they treated so much worse. successful and enjoyable day!