Don’t Compress Wounds with Ice


ice compressWhen they get an injury or bruise people will usually compress the injury with ice. But scientists said that putting ice on an injury may prevent the healing process.

For the first time researchers have discovered a hormone produced by the inflamed tissue and can help heal muscle damage. This discovery could change the usual treatment in the society, which is by putting ice on the wound to reduce swelling.

Compressing an injury with ice could actually hinder the healing process. It makes the hormones that works to improve the wound dies not even come out.

In addition to compressing with ice, researchers also warn the level of anti-inflammatory drugs used such as cortisone must be considered, because if given too much it will slow the process of wound healing.

The study which was published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology journal, showed that muscle inflammation after acute injury is very important to repair. By improving insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) high level hormones for healing wounds.

Professor Lan Zhu and colleagues from the Neuroinflammation Research Center at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio found that inflamed cells will produce insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) high level hormones that could significantly increase the rate of muscle regeneration. But this hormone does not appear if the wound is compressed using ice or high doses anti-inflammation drugs.

“These findings could be a new therapy for acute muscle injury caused by trauma, chemicals, infections, freezing damage and exposure to drugs that have side effects of muscle damage,” said researcher Lan Zhou, according to Dailymail.

Further results of this study will refer researchers to conduct further studies to find out why hormone IGF-1 can help heal wounds.