Often as a physical therapist, I am asked, is heat good for a broken bone? The application of heat depends on the stage of healing of the bone, and the status of the surrounding soft tissue.
If you want to learn more about fractures, go to The Effect of Heat on the Healing of Fractures. This study showed an increase in callus formation of the bone when using heat to help the fracture heal.
Ice and heat have contrasting effects on the inflammation of the site of injury. So, is heat or ice good for a broken bone? Applying ice to the site results in the constriction of blood vessels, reducing circulation and swelling. It may also be effective in reducing pain.
Applying heat would increase circulation to the injury site, and bring about the inflammatory properties that aim to heal the tissues. Moreover, heat can reduce muscle stiffness, and encourage movement. Is heat good for the healing of a broken bone? The answer is yes in the later stages of healing.
So, is heat good for a broken bone? The answer is to use heat in the remodeling stage of bone healing.
The concept of using Ice or heat for a broken bone is similar to using either with shoulder pain. With a fresh injury, ice is typically helpful to manage inflammation, swelling, and pain. Later in the recovery process, heat may be helpful to increase mobility and motion.
The Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute is Northeast Florida's largest and most respected Orthopedic Practice. We have offices throughout the area and 12 Rehabilitation Clinics for your convenience. For physical therapy, please call 904-858-7045.
If you think you have a broken bone or any other injury, JOI offers ASAP Fracture and Injury Care to get you treated quickly.
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By: Genesis Villanueva, Physical Therapist JOI Rehab
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