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How can hot and cold packs be used for pain relief and soreness?

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Cold packs numb sore areas. Cold may reduce inflammation by constricting blood flow to the injured area.

Heat packs relax your muscles. Heat dilates blood vessels, sending more oxygen and blood to the area. It also decreases the sensation of pain.

SOURCES:

Georgia Department of Community Health: "Arthritis pain relief: Creams and gels for aching joints."

ArthritisToday.org: "Osteoarthritis and Kidney Concerns," and "Osteoarthritis Treatment: What medications are used to treat osteoarthritis?"

Penn State Hershey: "Osteoarthritis."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "How to Use Capsaicin (Pepper Creams) for Joint Pain."

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: "Use Caution with Over-the-Counter Creams, Ointments."

University of Missouri Health Care: "Use of Heat and Cold for Pain Relief."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: Back Pain."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 22, 2017

SOURCES:

Georgia Department of Community Health: "Arthritis pain relief: Creams and gels for aching joints."

ArthritisToday.org: "Osteoarthritis and Kidney Concerns," and "Osteoarthritis Treatment: What medications are used to treat osteoarthritis?"

Penn State Hershey: "Osteoarthritis."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "How to Use Capsaicin (Pepper Creams) for Joint Pain."

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: "Use Caution with Over-the-Counter Creams, Ointments."

University of Missouri Health Care: "Use of Heat and Cold for Pain Relief."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: Back Pain."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 22, 2017

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