Comparison of Three Treatment Procedures for Minimizing Angle Sprain Swelling
The purpose of the study is to compare the effects of cold, heat, and contrast bath treatments on sprained ankles during the post-acute phase of rehabilitation.
Vol. 68, No. 7, July 1988, p.p. 1072-1076
Debra J. Cote, William E. Prentice, Jr., Daniel H. Hooker, and Edgar W. Shields
The study concluded that cold therapy is the most appropriate of the three treatments (cold, heat, and contrast baths) if the therapeutic objective is to minimize edema before rehabilitative exercise during the third, fourth, and fifth days post-injury for first – and second-degree ankle sprains.