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How does cold therapy help arthritis pain?

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Cold packs numb the sore area and reduce inflammation and swelling. Ice packs are especially good for joint pain caused by an arthritis flare. Or you can make instant cold packs from frozen bags of vegetables.

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "Use Heat and Cold."

American College of Rheumatology: "Back Pain."

American Physical Therapy Association: "What You Need to Know About Arthritis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases: "Back Pain."

McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Marlowe, 2007. A Diet for a Pain-Free Life,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 19, 2017

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "Use Heat and Cold."

American College of Rheumatology: "Back Pain."

American Physical Therapy Association: "What You Need to Know About Arthritis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases: "Back Pain."

McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Marlowe, 2007. A Diet for a Pain-Free Life,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 19, 2017

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