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Heat and Cold Remedy:
There is a reason physicians suggest using ice and heat to prevent and eliminate back pain. This helps alleviate swelling and inflammation, and is most successful when used within 24 to 48 hours of injury or irritation. To put it differently, if you feel pain begin to come on, that is when you need to start applying ice. Heat therapy does the opposite.
Ultimately, heat treatment can help a wounded body part heal, but if you apply heat in the beginning of symptoms, it may actually contribute to swelling and redness. Heat treatment is best applied 48 hours following an accident or irritation occurs.
To put it differently, if you’re handling a consistent degree of pain that is not increasing or decreasing and has been present for more than 48-hours, just use cold or heat therapy based on your personal preferences.