Effective Uses for Hot/Cold Packs this Summer | Scott Malcolm | Dallas, TX

Effective Uses for Hot/Cold Packs this Summer | Scott Malcolm | Dallas, TX

Hot/Cold Packs are effective against common injuries.  Here are 3 common injuries in the Summer.

1. Knee

Injuries and stress to knee are not always present at first.  They tend to show up over time and worsen.  If you're not careful, you could put more damage on your knee. Putting a compress on it right after a fall or daily cycle with help reduce swelling and add soothing pain relief. Symptoms include a burning or pain on the outside of the thigh or knee.  If you become unable to move your knee at all, seek a doctor right away.

2. Elbow

Repetitive use of the elbow can result in pain where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the bony bumps on your elbow.  Examples of causes can include golf and tennis.  Both sports require you swing from your elbows.  While sprints and tape can help reduce injury, a compress on the area affected will reduce the pain after injury and sooth any swelling.

3. Heat Stroke

Not staying hydrated and overexerting yourself under the hot summer sun is serious. Drinking lots of water and taking breaks in the shade will be a tremendous help.  Bring along a cooler with cold packs in ice.  Placing a cold compress on your neck and other areas will soothe and bring down the temperature of your body.  Keep in mind that symptoms of heat stroke include dizziness, throbbing headache, confusion, nausea, and/or rapid heartbeat.  If you don't feel better after your break in the shade, please seek medical attention.

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