Acute vs. Chronic
Sudden onset sharp pain due to trauma, usually short-lived. Common signs include pain, redness, swelling and inflammation.
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 is best for chronic pain and injuries without swelling. Heat relaxes tight muscles and stimulates blood flow.
Muscle aches, Cramps, Arthritis, Tension
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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