To convince my patients, fellow #SpartanRace athletes and friend that ice therapy works, I simply tell them: “Ice is your best friend”!
Ice is cheap, easy to use, mobile, effective and, most importantly, ice therapy works! Its time we all stop complaining how “ice hurts” and “it makes me stiff”. Sure it hurts and it requires some warmup after the 10-15 minutes of ice treatment. But if ice therapy works, isn’t 4 minutes of discomfort (that’s how long it usually takes for the area of treatment to go numb) a mild sacrifice to feel better?
Smart athletes put pain medicine down and pick up ice to manage their pain. Follow their lead.
As a Sports Medicine Expert for Spartan Race, I write posts for fellow Spartan racers and SGX coaches related to important sports medicine topics. Recent posts include topics such as wrist injuries, injury prevention, rehabbing an ankle injury, injury management, and resolving low back pain.
Here’s a link to a recent post I wrote on Spartan.com to keep you “In the Game”!
Keeping you healthy, happy and a helluva lot easier to live with, Mike