Both hot and cold compresses help in pain management. But they are used for different types of injuries, aches and pains, depending on the symptoms. Heat compression helps ease chronic pain and cold packs are better for injuries, but it is better to consult a doctor if the symptoms are severe.
Hot Compress – when muscles are tight and joints are stiff.
Warm Compress-Cramping or spasm pain such as in during the menstrual cycle
Warm Compresses ease Arthritic pain.
Cold Compress -To stop continuous bleeding.
Swelling in the knee after a fall? Use a Cold Compress for quick relief
Injury caused by trauma/accident -Use an Ice Pack.
Chronic sport Injuries with gnawing pain – Warm Compress