Do ice packs and heating pads help if you have arthritis?
Using ice packs or heating pads, as well as deep heat provided by ultrasound and hot packs, can help ease pain in a sore joint. It also relaxes muscle spasm around inflamed joints. Heating joints and muscles with a warm bath or shower before a workout may help you exercise more easily.
From: Physical and Occupational Therapy for Arthritis WebMD Medical Reference
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