The Use of Ice in the Treatment of Acute Soft-Tissue Injury. A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials
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Chris Bleakley, Suzanne McDonough and Domhnall MacAuley
The American Journal of Sports Medicine
2004, Volume 32, Pages 251-261
Ice therapy or ‚Äòcryotherapy' is one of the simplest and oldest therapeutic modalities in the treatment of soft-tissue injuries sustained during sports activities. Physiotherapists who use ice therapy aim to reduce inflammation by decreasing tissue temperature, which can diminish pain, metabolism, and muscle spasm. By reducing inflammation it is thought that the recovery from soft tissue trauma can be accelerated.
Generally, the selection of treatment parameters in a clinical environment continues to be made pragmatically (depending on the location of the injury), and recommendations in review ...