Dr. Dugan shares if ice can help treat back pain.
Ice is useful in the first 24 to 48 hours when the body is sending all these cells and causing inflammation. Once you’re out of that window, you can use heat or you could use ice. The only caution I tell people is don’t use heat in the first 24 or 48 hours because it will increase the amount of blood and cells that come to the area and increase the inflammation.
About Dr. Dugan, M.D.:
Dr. Sheila A. Dugan, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rush Medical College, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. She is a faculty member of the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Preventive Medicine. She is co-medical director of the Rush Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health.
Dr. Dugan is multi board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, electrodiagnostic medicine and pain medicine. She is highly skilled in neurological and sports-related rehabilitation. Prior to medical school, she received her physical therapy degree from Northwestern University in 1986. She's currently pursuing development of a program focused on women's musculoskeletal care, including both their medical and rehabilitation needs.