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How can using hot or cold packs help ease osteoarthritis symptoms?

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By increasing blood flow, hot compresses can ease pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis symptoms. Cold compresses reduce swelling. You may want to try both to see what works best for you.

SOURCES:

NIAMS, "Handout on Health: Osteoarthritis."

Vincent, H. PM&R, May 2012.

Messier, S. , July 2009. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

Magrans-Courtney, T. , 2011. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition

Chlebowski, R. , January 2011. Maturitas

Black, C. Health Technology Assessment, November 2009.

Wang, Y. , 2007. Arthritis Research & Therapy

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "Osteoarthritis."

Gruenwald, J. , September 2009. Advances in Therapy

White, A. , March 2007. Rheumatology

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 11, 2017

SOURCES:

NIAMS, "Handout on Health: Osteoarthritis."

Vincent, H. PM&R, May 2012.

Messier, S. , July 2009. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

Magrans-Courtney, T. , 2011. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition

Chlebowski, R. , January 2011. Maturitas

Black, C. Health Technology Assessment, November 2009.

Wang, Y. , 2007. Arthritis Research & Therapy

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "Osteoarthritis."

Gruenwald, J. , September 2009. Advances in Therapy

White, A. , March 2007. Rheumatology

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 11, 2017

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