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How Long Should You Ice An Injury

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Updated February 12, 2009

Question: How Long Should You Ice An Injury
After injuring my ankle, how long should I leave an ice pack on it?
Answer: Ice should be applied to an acute (newly sustained) for only 20 minutes at a time. Any longer than this could result in tissue damage to the skin by frost bite or lack of blood flow.

It is ok however to repeat the icing process several times per day.

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