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Is ice or heat bettter for joint pain?

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Dr. Robert Purchase answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Both work: Ice is typically used for acute injuries. Heat is generally used for stiffness. Using these basic guidelines, see what works best for you.

Answered 5/5/2016

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Dr. Ronald Oberman answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Both work: Generally ice is good after activity to control inflammation and swelling. Heat works better after rest to increase blood flow and counteract stiffness.

Answered 8/12/2012

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