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Do ice packs and heating pads help if you have arthritis?

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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.

SOURCE: Arthritis Foundation

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 21, 2017

SOURCE: Arthritis Foundation

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 21, 2017

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