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My husband has arthritis. Is heat or ice better for the pain?

My husband has arthritis.  Is heat or ice better for the pain?

Since this is chroni: Since this is chronic, heat will help much better. Icing a joint for acute injury is standard, because it quiets down the inflammatory response and prevents it from escalating. But for arthritis, the warmth is better and increases perceived and actual mobility! ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Can I use ice wraps for my joint pain in my knee or is heat best?

Can I use ice wraps for my joint pain in my knee or is heat best?

Both: After an acute injury we usually recommend ice for the first 36 hours. After that heat is recommended to help healing. In physical therapy for years heat and ice are used snd this is called contrast therapy. In part this depends on how it makes you feel. You can use both or choose one depending on your comfort zone. ...Read more

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My mom has severe thumb arthritis and is in a lot of pain, what should she do to manage the pain, besides the splint & anti-inflammatory?

My mom has severe thumb arthritis and is in a lot of pain, what should she do to manage the pain, besides the splint & anti-inflammatory?

Thumb pain: There exist various types of simple but effective thumb and wrist braces which can help . Should also try glucosamine and some topical creams. Cortisone injections can help if one is careful to try only a few of them ( one a year) ...Read more

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Have pain in right knee appears swollen applied ice pack still paining is there a topical pain medicine I can use what i good for swelling ?

Have  pain   in  right  knee appears  swollen applied ice pack  still paining is there a topical pain medicine I can use   what  i good for swelling  ?

Did you injure the k: What happened to the knee? You can elevate andvice and take a minimal amount of over the counter ibuprofen But if issue continues see your doctor ...Read more

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Is it better to use heat or cold for my back pain?

Both: Ice tends to be a bettter pain reducing modaltiy and heat tends to loosen up the muscles. Many patients do alternating treatments. ...Read more

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Knee that was sprained in the past is swollen and feverish. Took ibuprofen to ease the pain. Can a normal doctor treat an issue like this?

If just: Sprain strain primary care doctors can handle things fine. If there is internal damage then an orthopedic doctor would be best. But first eval should be done by primary doctor ...Read more

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I have pain my elbow all the time it effects my arm and hand i can't pick up or hold things like a coke can the weight is to much my shoulder and arm is effected too, the pain is really unbearable, at times heat helps or mentholatium but the pain is cons

I have pain my elbow all the time it effects my arm and hand i can't pick up or hold things like a coke can the weight is to much my shoulder and arm is effected too, the pain is really unbearable, at times heat helps or mentholatium  but the pain is cons

Adding : Adding to the previous answer. Ace bandages can be a source of discomfort or exacerbate or worsen exiting discomfort if they are applied too tight or over the wrong place. Often it is though that tighter is better for bandages and splints but especially one the boney prominences of the elbow and the hand and ace bandage can cause more harm than good is misapplied. While lateral epicondyitls, median epicondylitis are one concern here, the comment regarding not tolerating pressure on the legs lead to the importance of being seen by a physician. ...Read more

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Is it best to treat tendonitis in my shoulder and elbow with heat or ice?

Is it best to treat tendonitis in my shoulder and elbow with heat or ice?

Ice First, then Heat: PRP is an offered treatment that has shown good success however is considered experimental at this time. The basic theory is it helps to strengthen the ligaments using your own platelets/growth factors and therefore reducing stress on the joint by tightening them up. As far as I know its safer than steroid injection. Pretty cool stuff. Check out Regenexx.Com. ...Read more

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My 4.5 yr old daughter has been complaining of pain in her thighs or feet. I try to massage around the areas of pain but it doesn't alleviate the pain?

Day or night?: If the pains are occurring mainly during the night, it is most likely muscular pain related to the muscles not getting stretched out during the night and causing cramping/pain. Doing stretching exercises routinely before bed often diminishes these symptoms. If the pain is during the day, this is more unusual and warrants evaluation by your child's doc. Make sure vitamin and water intake is good. ...Read more

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I have chronic pain in both my forearm, wrist, and hands for the last year after playing piano. No amount of rest has helped. No redness or swelling.

I have chronic pain in both my forearm, wrist, and hands for the last year after playing piano. No amount of rest has helped. No redness or swelling.

See a rheumatologist: See a rheumatologist and have the problem evaluated. It is likely to be tendinitis but an evaluation should be able to determine the exact cause and provide treatment options. ...Read more

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My friend has had migraine like pain in the lower back of his head. The pain has been there for more then 3 weeks and pain medicines are not helping.

My friend has had migraine like pain in the lower back of his head. The pain has been there for more then 3 weeks and pain medicines are not helping.

Break the cycle: Daily pain can result in a phenomenon called wind up; the nerves in the brain become over-active with the result of sustaining the pain. To stop it, you must break the pain cycle. Have your friend's doctor administer a shot (toridol works well), then go home and sleep. Upon waking, listen to a mediation tape with headphones for 30 minutes twice a day (you can find one on the internet). ...Read more

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Should my husband try chiropractics for sciatica pain relief? My husbands sciatica started acting up approx 2 weeks ago..He has been to the ER and they gave him a 7 day regiment of steroids, 15 vicodin and a shot of tramdol(?)...Well his pain is worse to

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Should my husband try chiropractics for sciatica pain relief? My husbands sciatica started acting up approx 2 weeks ago..He has been to the ER and they gave him a 7 day regiment of steroids, 15 vicodin and a shot of tramdol(?)...Well his pain is worse to

Sciatica: Sciatica is a neuropathic pain due to nerve compression. If your husband has been seen at er and symptoms are not improved with steroid, vicodin, toradol, i recommend you see a pain specialist for evaluation. The chiropractic therapy is good for adjustment or soft tissue treatment. ...Read more

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Is ice or heat better for a lower back pinch nerve that effects my right hip?

Is ice or heat better for a lower back pinch nerve that effects my right hip?

Likely not a pinched: Is there a ropey muscle and a very tender knot in your butt muscle? If so, find the knot and push on it to make it smaller. If this helps your pain, this is not a pinched nerve. Learn more about myofascial pain www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com ...Read more

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My son had vaccines in each leg yesterday and can't walk today. He's in a lot of pain. Is this normal? What is the best remedy: ice tylenol (acetaminophen) ibuprofen

My son had vaccines in each leg yesterday and can't walk today. He's in a lot of pain. Is this normal? What is the best remedy: ice tylenol (acetaminophen) ibuprofen

Common side effect..: Local reaction at the injection site occurs in about 20% of patients. Usually this goes away in 1-2 days. Things to try: (1) cold pack - for initial pain or tenderness at the injection site, apply a cold pack or ice in a wet washcloth to the area for 20 minutes each hour as needed. (2) pain medicine - give Acetaminophen (e.g., tylenol) or Ibuprofen by mouth. Do not give aspirin. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more