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Should I use ice or heat for my arthritis pain?
A common question that I hear is whether to use ice or heat for aches and pains. The general rule is that in the first 48 hours after an injury, ice should be used to reduce inflammation. After the first 48 hours, ice or heat may be used. The common sense advice is: use what works! If ice makes the pain feel better, then use that. If heat makes the pain feel better, that is okay, too.
Ice is an excellent anti-inflammatory while heat is good at relaxing and loosening muscles. Before beginning an exercise session, gentle warming in combination with gentle stretching can be used to help loosen the muscles and prepare them for exercise. After exercising, ice is good to help reduce any inflammation that may have occurred while performing activities.
In someone who has a baseline of mild aches and then suffers an exacerbation, ice is generally still a good modality to use for the first 48 hours after the exacerbation.
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