Heat Versus Ice in the Acute Management of Neck and Back Strain Injuries
Muscle sprains of the back and neck are very common. In addition to pain and antiinflammatory medications the use of either cold or hot packs has been recommended. In the current study we will compare ice packs and heat packs to see which is more effective at relieving pain from back and neck sprains while in the Emergency Department.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Heat Versus Ice in the Acute Management of Neck and Back Strain Injuries|
- Pain Score After Treatment [ Time Frame: 30 minutes ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Pain measured with validated 100 mm VAS with 0 representing no pain and 100 representing most severe pain imaginable
- Request for Rescue Analgesia [ Time Frame: 30 minutes ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Number of participants requesting a rescue analgesic be given
|Study Start Date:||March 2008|
|Study Completion Date:||March 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||March 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Active Comparator: Heat
Application of Heat pad to site of muscle sprain.
Application of heat pack to the back or neck sprain.
Other Name: warm pack
Active Comparator: Cold
Application of ice pack to muscle sprain.
Application of ice pack to the back or neck sprain.
|United States, New York|
|Stony Brook University Medical Center|
|Stony Brook, New York, United States, 11794|
|Principal Investigator:||ADAM SINGER, MD||Stony Brook University|