Osteoarthritis: Heat and Cold Therapy
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For moderate to severe pain from osteoarthritis , try applying heat and cold to the affected joints. Experiment with these heat and cold techniques until you find what helps you most.
Paraffin wax is a form of moist heat that may help if you have pain and stiffness in your hands or feet. It is especially useful before exercise. Your physical therapist can teach you to use paraffin at home.
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Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
Current as ofOctober 10, 2017
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