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March 06, 2012

Why does ice help shoulder pain?

Honestly, patients think I am blowing them off when I tell them ice helps and they should ice twice daily for the joints that are hurting. 

Why does it work?  Well at some point in the inflammatory process starts working against in the joint.  Inflammation is the response to damage and initially is part of the healing process.  Unfortunately the inflammatory process can become a bit of a train out of cotnrol. It is in your bests interests shut down the inflammatory process in your joints.  

Ice shuts down inflammation.  Inflammation is a series of chemical reactions involving many different enzymes and cells.  This meshwork of inflammation requires a certain temperature to work well.  Ice lowers the temperature and decreased the speed of chemical reactions and overall decreases the amount of inflammation. 

A key is to do it.  Generally making it easier is a good idea.  I love the products at Coldone.com very convenient and keep your joints plenty cold.  

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