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what is best to treat an arthritic hip, ice or heat?

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Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
First ice: If you are having an acute inflammation, you want to decrease the swelling. That is why we usually recommend ice. But, if it is a chronic condition, sometimes health helps increase the blood flow and improves the range of motion and stiffness.

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