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Acute vs. Chronic

Acute vs. Chronic

Acute Injury
Sudden onset sharp pain due to trauma, usually short-lived. Common signs include pain, redness, swelling and inflammation.

Chronic Injury
Develops slowly over time, and although it can come and go, is longer lasting. They are sometimes a result of overuse activities, but can develop if an acute injury does not heal properly.

Hot vs. Cold

Heat Therapy
Heat therapy is best for chronic pain and injuries without swelling. Heat relaxes tight muscles and stimulates blood flow.
Muscle aches, Cramps, Arthritis, Tension

Cold Therapy
Cold therapy is best immediately following an acute injury or after activity with chronic injury to reduce swelling and pain.
Sprains/Strains, Bruises, Headaches, Toothaches

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