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Offline smiley196

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Does anyone else's knee HURT after icing?
« on: March 27, 2005, 07:58:02 PM »
Hey everyone, I just had a quick question for you all. I have found that after icing my knee for 10 minutes it is SO sore afterwards..even worse than before I had started icing it. I find this really werid and Im not sure why it feels like this...I thought I was supposed to help ??? anyways...I was just wondering if anyone else found that this happened to them with their knee and any suggestions? Many thanks
Krista
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Left Knee:
Torn:PCL, ACL, MCL
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Medial & Lateral Meniscus tears
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Sept 14th 2005-(LK)ACL recon, TTT, menisectomy,plica removal

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Re: Does anyone else's knee HURT after icing?
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2005, 08:21:47 PM »
Hi Krista,

Yeah, I find that ice makes my pain worse.  What I do is apply heat for my chondro pain, this helps me enormously BUT you should never use heat if you have any swelling as the heat opens up the arteries and increases blood supply so if you have any swelling it could make things worse.  I would check with you OS or PT if heat could be an option for you.  Good luck.

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Re: Does anyone else's knee HURT after icing?
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2005, 08:54:07 PM »
I've been told repeatedly by my PT to ice for more than 10 minutes for just that reason.  First your knee feels cold, then hot, then achy, then it gets to numb.  You generally need to keep the ice on for 20 minutes to get to the numb phase.

I fully agree, though, that you do go through a phase where the knee hurts after icing, because it feels so cold and stiff.  Try to ice beyond that point.  Also, make sure you have a good layer of cotton between your ice and your skin--this will help, too.

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Re: Does anyone else's knee HURT after icing?
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2005, 08:56:51 PM »
Natalie & Heather~
Thank you both for replying, I'll try icing my knee for longer than 10 minutes and see if that makes a difference.
Krista
*16 years old*
Left Knee:
Torn:PCL, ACL, MCL
SEVERAL dislocations
Grade 3 Chondromalacia
Medial & Lateral Meniscus tears
Plica Syndrome
Sept 14th 2005-(LK)ACL recon, TTT, menisectomy,plica removal

May 26th/06-Torn ACL(RK)

June 14th/06-(LK)ACL graft recon, screw removal, menisectomy