What about cold therapy and ice packs?
Use cold therapy on swelling and bruising. The Sunbeam® FlexTemp™ Hot + Cold Joint Wrap offers a cold therapy option with a freezable gel ice pack, to ease elbow pain, knee pain, and more. Cold temperatures restrict blood vessels, which can help reduce inflammation. As with heat, don't apply ice for longer than 20 minutes, don’t apply ice directly to skin, and never leave ice on one area for too long. Remove the cold pack after 20 minutes, and wait at least 10 minutes before reapplying. Ice and cold packs should be applied within the first day or two of discomfort to help with inflammation.
Don't use hot or cold therapy in place of medical help
If you've injured yourself badly, or even if you're not sure, it's important to get checked by a physician before trying hot or cold therapy on your own. Your doctor will be able to advise on how to properly alternate between heat and cold. Hot or cold therapy can help you feel more comfortable, but shouldn't take the place of other forms of treatment. Check with your doctor if you suspect a more serious issue.
This article is not intended to provide medical advice. Be sure to consult with your physician if you experience any pain or discomfort.