ICE vs HEAT – Which is best for Baker’s Cyst pain?
There is so much conflicting information out there regarding how best to treat a Baker’s Cyst.
Some people and websites suggest using ice, while others suggest using heat for relieving Baker’s Cyst pain.
So… when is it OK to use ice for a Baker’s Cyst?
Ice should be used during the first 24-72 hours after the onset of the condition.
This is to minimize the severity of the initial swelling.
Ice can also be applied if you accidentally knock or irritate the area.
While applying ice to the knee may reduce pain by numbing the area… it is unlikely to have any further benefit in reducing the remaining swelling after the initial 72 hrs.
Instead it may actually delay the recovery, as it reduces blood flow to the area.
So…When should you use heat for treating a Baker’s Cyst?
Assuming there is no infection present. Heat, then becomes the preferred option after the first 72 hrs has passed.
Heat promotes blood flow, which is necessary for the healing process.
However, it is IMPORTANT to remember…
Heat should never be used if an infection is present or suspected!
Instead you should always see a doctor if an infection is present or suspected!
For essential advice to avoid further injury and great tips on how to naturally reduce swelling & pain due to a baker’s cyst, be sure to explore our website as well as the rest of this video series.
- What is a baker’s Cyst?
- What causes a baker’s Cyst?
- What are the signs and symptoms of a Baker’s Cyst?
- How is a Baker’s Cyst diagnosed?
- Is exercise good for a Baker’s Cyst?
- Is Massage OK to relieve the swelling and pain from a Baker’s Cyst?
- Ice or Heat for Baker’s Cyst pain?
- How to treat a Baker’s Cyst?