Editor in Chief of The Physician and Sports Medicine Journal (Dr. Nick DiNubile) once posed this question:
“Seriously, do you honestly believe that your body’s natural inflammatory response is a mistake?”
Closing thoughts from the author Joshua J. Stone, MA, ATC, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS:
Bottom line, ice and NSAIDs are over utilized.
I am not saying never, but I am saying ice is not a magical cure all that fixes everything and is required for healing.
… before immediately turning to ice and NSAIDs. Is it really the best option? Is it necessary for this injury at this stage?
I understand it is not the only form of treatment clinicians use, but ice certainly is the most heavily used.