Contraindications for Cold Therapy

Cold therapy can be an effective way in lessening your pain and swelling if applied immediately after an injury.

The application of cold therapy is used in conjunction with other treatment protocols for recent injuries to become more effective. However, not all people may benefit from this especially if they have another health condition, of which cold application should not be used. If this is the case, cold therapy is considered contraindicated.

While cold therapy is a good treatment option for many musculo-skeletal conditions, cold therapy should be avoided in people with:
  • Impaired circulation or blood flow
  • Poor or absence of sensation
  • Open or infected wound
  • Reynaud's disease
  • Hypersensitivity to cold
  • Acute dermatitis or eczema

Cold application should also not be used on people who are unable to communicate.

To avoid any negative effects of cold or other treatments, you should tell your physiotherapist about any health problems that you might have.

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