Which helps upper back pain more? Heat or cold?
The answer is: It depends!
The rule of thumb is heat for muscular pain and ice or cold for nervy pain.
If your upper back pain feels more like muscle strain or muscular pull or aches, heat is probably the way to go.
On the other hand, if you have nervy-like pain or shooting pain that seems to come from the base of your head or from your neck, then an ice pack or cold therapy will probably help the most.
If you use heat and feel slightly worse, then switch to cold. That means heat wasn’t the best choice.
Ice or a cold pack is the ‘drug of choice’ for recent injuries (48-72 hours old.) However, some recent medical research says that ice may slow healing a bit.
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