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Treatment of Pain and Inflammation

By Alex Moroz, MD, FACP

Professional rehabilitation therapists treat pain and inflammation. Such treatment makes movement easier and enables people to participate more fully in rehabilitation. Techniques used include heat therapy, cold therapy, electrical stimulation, traction, massage, and acupuncture. For therapists, whether to use heat or cold therapy is often a personal choice, although cold therapy seems to be more effective for acute pain.

When heat therapy and cold therapy are used, caution must be used to avoid burns and cold injuries.

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