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How can heat or cold treatments help you deal with osteoarthritis?

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Heat or cold treatments may offer short-term relief from pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis. Options include hot shower or bath, heating pads, or cold compresses.

From: Understanding Osteoarthritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "Osteoarthritis."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Questions & Answers: NIH Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial Primary Study."

Lozada, C. Firestein: Kelly's Textbook of Rheumatology, 8th ed. "Management of Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "Osteoarthritis."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Questions & Answers: NIH Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial Primary Study."

Lozada, C. Firestein: Kelly's Textbook of Rheumatology, 8th ed. "Management of Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

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