When you hurt your back, it seems like everyone has advice for how to ease the pain. Very often that advice comes down to one of two things: a heating pad or an ice pack. But how do you know which one to use?
We went to The Spine Center’s senior physical therapist, Dr. Rami Said, for advice.
Dr. Said says that for a brand-new injury, the choice is clear: Start with ice. “If an injury is new and fresh (acute), your body’s reaction is typically going to be inflammation and swelling. You battle inflammation and swelling continuously until it settles down. To address this, ice is always the first choice within the first two weeks.”