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What items can be used in heat or ice treatment?

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For short-term pain relief of any of these conditions, apply a hot or cold compress using any of these items:

  • An electric heating pad
  • A gel pack that can be microwaved or frozen
  • A bag of ice or frozen vegetables
  • A washcloth or small towel soaked in hot or cold water (wring it out, fold it, and apply to the sore area)

SOURCES:

Arthritis Today: "5 Steps to Pain Relief," “Using Heat and Cold for Pain Relief.”

Johns Hopkins Rheumatology: "Rehabilitation Management of RA."

Beck, M. , 5th ed. Milady, 2010. Theory & Practice of Therapeutic Massage

Arthritis Foundation: "Pain Center: Use Heat and Cold."

Cleveland Clinic: "Occupational and Physical Therapy for Arthritis."

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

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Low Back Pain Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Arthritis Today: "5 Steps to Pain Relief," “Using Heat and Cold for Pain Relief.”

Johns Hopkins Rheumatology: "Rehabilitation Management of RA."

Beck, M. , 5th ed. Milady, 2010. Theory & Practice of Therapeutic Massage

Arthritis Foundation: "Pain Center: Use Heat and Cold."

Cleveland Clinic: "Occupational and Physical Therapy for Arthritis."

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

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Low Back Pain Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 30, 2019

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