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Heat or Icing?

Heat or Icing?
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Matt

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I've been getting a lot of soreness in my left rotator cuff after working out. Is it best to treat with heat or ice?

Thanks,

-Matt

Brianna55

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Matt,

The best thing in my opinion is to ice your rotator cuff. I used to play college softball and that is what the athletic trainers would give us after games. Plus you need to suppliment it with an anti-inflammatory. Let me know if this helps!

Brianna :)

Matt

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Thanks Brianna! I'll try that out!

Chris

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Matt wrote:I've been getting a lot of soreness in my left rotator cuff after working out. Is it best to treat with heat or ice?t

I would definitely ice after using it. If you have trouble loosening it up before an activity then throw some heat on it.

Jodie

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Ice 3x / day - exercises are crucial daily - just mobility exercises.

Marie

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keep in mind: ice decreases blood circulation to the area and therefore decreases inflammation (swelling); and heat increases circulation to the area which in turn increases inflammation. Because the cause of pain associated with a sports injury usually is a result of increased inflammation secondary to tissue damage, ice is the best following a workout. But Chris is correct, heat can help with loosening up a joint prior to a workout keeping in mind that it will increase circulation to the area, which could result in more pain.
An anti-inflammatory is also a good idea keeping in mind that nsaids prior to a workout can mask the pain which can lead to further tissue damage. Pain helps us know when to stop before more damage is done.
Yes, mobility exercises are good during the acute stage of injury but also strengthening exercises are important after the acute symptoms and pain decrease so you can avoid re-occurrence of the injury in the future

Matt

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Thanks for the advice!
 
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