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How can cold therapy help ease aches and pains?

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Cold can numb pain and ease swelling. Try a cool cloth, cold pack, cold compression wrap, or ice massage. To make an ice pack, put crushed ice in a plastic bag and cover it with a towel. Don’t put the bag of ice directly on your loved one’s skin. Or you can use a bag of frozen peas. Ice as soon as possible after an injury. Do it for 15-20 minutes at a time, 4-8 times per day. Stop icing when the area feels numb.

Arthritis Today : "5 Steps to Pain Relief."

Cleveland Clinic: "Mind Body Exercises."

Drugs: "Pain Management in the Elderly."

Health in Aging: "Eldercare at Home: Pain," "Pain Management."

Hospice: "How to Relieve Pain Without Medicine."

The AGS Panel on Pharmacological Management of Persistent Pain in Older Persons, , August 2009. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Kaye, A. , fall 2010. The Ochsner Journal

National Health Service: “TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation).”

Mayo Clinic: “Self-care approaches to treating pain.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

Arthritis Today : "5 Steps to Pain Relief."

Cleveland Clinic: "Mind Body Exercises."

Drugs: "Pain Management in the Elderly."

Health in Aging: "Eldercare at Home: Pain," "Pain Management."

Hospice: "How to Relieve Pain Without Medicine."

The AGS Panel on Pharmacological Management of Persistent Pain in Older Persons, , August 2009. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Kaye, A. , fall 2010. The Ochsner Journal

National Health Service: “TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation).”

Mayo Clinic: “Self-care approaches to treating pain.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

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