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08-13-2012, 08:59 AM
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Ice Baths

Anyone do these? I've have a nagging groin issue stretching back almost 2 years. It gets aggravated with cycling and weeding. (Go figure.) Even though I do exercises to strengthen my groin and surrounding muscles, every now and then I start to get achiness/pain. I usually do NOT feel it during hockey, it would be after. (And it's not after every game, maybe once a month it pops up.)

I'm starting to think that it's less a muscle injury and more tendonitis. That would explain why an easy hour on the bike seems to aggravate it. And it's all around my pelvic region so icing (which I do) can be awkward.

So now I'm thinking of taking the icy plunge. Obviously it will be easier once winter hits and I can just grab a bucket of snow from outside but for now I might try it as best I can.

Has anyone tried treating similar pains with ice baths?

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Have you seen a doctor or physiotherapist about this? Tendinitis is best treated with rest and anti-inflammatories, an ice pack over the area will certainly help reduce the swelling of the tendon, Ice baths used with hot baths are used for removing lactic acid from muscles after exercise primarily, and not as a specific form of treatment.

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Have you seen a doctor or physiotherapist about this? Tendinitis is best treated with rest and anti-inflammatories, an ice pack over the area will certainly help reduce the swelling of the tendon, Ice baths used with hot baths are used for removing lactic acid from muscles after exercise primarily, and not as a specific form of treatment.
Yea, I've seen three PTs about it. 2 were useless, the third was helpful and basically diagnosed it as a groin injruy/scar tissue buildup.

It's not a chronic issue, it's just something that pops up every now and then. I've been able to manage it with selective rest, icing and ibuprofin and then will go weeks without an issue. Just sometimes a particular set of activities will aggravate it.

Oh, the number one aggravator of it is carrying my 2 year old for a prolonged period of time, which I did on Saturday.

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Ice treatment and ibuprofen is ideal for tendinitis, deep-tissue massage will help scar tissue buildup. If you can get Movelat from a pharmacist it is also an excellent anti-inflammatory also. I've got tendinitis in my wrist that flares up occasionally too, and this is how I usually treat it successfully. Hope you get sorted out soon buddy.

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As someone else has mentioned, ice baths are great for helping to flush out lactic acid.

I cycle and run, and use the technique often.

Besides seeing a good PT (there are more mediocre ones in my experience than good ones unfortunately), learn about trigger point therapy, fascia release, and mobility therapy. These are all things that you can do on your own with minimal equipment.

I've been able to treat all types of muscle, and tendon/ligament injury and pain this way.

Of all of these the mobility work is king ... it will ultimately set you up so you end up with less injuries. There is a lot to learn, but start with this ... www.mobilitywod.com

Good luck.

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I've ****ed (for lack of a better term) my groin several times and never had problems with running or cycling. I have however had hip flexor problems which bother me after periods of skating and cycling, are you sure its not that?

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I've ****ed (for lack of a better term) my groin several times and never had problems with running or cycling. I have however had hip flexor problems which bother me after periods of skating and cycling, are you sure its not that?
Definitely not the hip flexor. I've noticed lately that I have really tight hamstrings too, so I think there's multiple issues at work here that result in some mild pain right at the pelvic joints.

I work out daily and am trying to balance strength issues, work on my flexibility, etc. Just every now and then a couple activities together bring out the pain for a few days. Carrying my kid for extended periods of time really does it.

Still plan on trying ice baths, just one more tool to support this aging body.

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I don't take cold baths, but I take cold showers. They certainly make me less sore.

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Not to get too off-topic, but what would be the benefits of a hot bath versus an ice bath? I went into a steaming hot bathtub once with a slight groin pull, and by the time I stepped out of the bath, all the soreness was practically gone.

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Not to get too off-topic, but what would be the benefits of a hot bath versus an ice bath? I went into a steaming hot bathtub once with a slight groin pull, and by the time I stepped out of the bath, all the soreness was practically gone.
You should try a sauna. Aw man.

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Heat increases blood flow which helps get the bodies natural analgesics to the area affected. The heat has a soothing effect and prevents spasms. Don't use heat on a new injury though as the increase in blood flow can increase swelling, ice is a much better treatment on
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Did my first ice bath yesterday morning and it went fine. I had a limited amount of ice but it was a first step. Funny, I didn't actually mind the coldness of my legs/pelvic in the water, it was leaning my back against the cold wall.

Definitely plan on doing ice baths when I can. Once winter hits it will be much easier to do.

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Heat increases blood flow which helps get the bodies natural analgesics to the area affected. The heat has a soothing effect and prevents spasms. Don't use heat on a new injury though as the increase in blood flow can increase swelling, ice is a much better treatment on
new injuries.
That's basically it. Ice after game/practice/injury to manage swelling. Heat the next day to ease away the pain. Takes some getting used to, but it's definitely worth the benefits.

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