Home » Dr. Kandil, does cryotherapy work on sore muscles and joints of young athletes?
Q: Dr. Kandil, does cryotherapy work on sore muscles and joints of young athletes? If so, how often should it be done?
A: Most recommendations for the use of cryotherapy are based on anecdotal experience, with limited scientific evidence to support its use. Reported benefits of cryotherapy include the promotion of local blood constriction to control swelling, as well as the reduction of pain and muscular spasm. One large study found that cryotherapy to be effective in decreasing pain in patients with recent soft tissue injuries.
Cryotherapy can be applied during and after sporting events to help speed injury recovery, and athletes may return to play after this treatment. In summary, there are benefits to cryotherapy on sore muscles and joints of young athletes, and I recommend using cryotherapy after an exercise or sporting session. To read other questions, visit Dr. Kandil’s author page.
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Dr. Rahman Kandil is a fellowship-trained sports medicine Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in shoulder and knee surgery. Dr. Kandil treats a variety of bone and joint conditions including general orthopedic injuries, fractures, and ligament/muscle/tendon injuries. Dr. Kandil received his undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA and graduated in 2011 with multiple honors. Dr. Kandil completed both his internship and residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine, where he received the Chief Resident of the Year award in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Following his residency graduation, Dr. Kandil further sub-specialized and completed his fellowship in Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at Stanford University Hospital. Read More-->