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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)

Arthritis 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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Does aloe heat lotion work for osteo arthiritis? Is there any kind of rubs to use for the knee because I am having problems with straightening my knee

Does aloe heat lotion work for osteo arthiritis? Is there any kind of rubs to use for the knee because I am having problems with straightening my knee

Aloe: Rub will not help internal arthritis. Some topical anti-inflammatory ointments may help tendon pain, perhaps physical therapy with stretches would help as far as all is fine inside your knee. (meniscus, ligaments). ...Read more

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Why is it when I use heat for my neck artheritis my eyes go blur or water and my head pains?

Why is it when I use heat for my neck artheritis my eyes go blur or water and my head pains?

Heat= inflammation: Heat can help decrease muscle pain and spasm but it can make arthritis symptoms worse. Ice is a good anti- inflammatory modality. Do not use anything at the extreme ranges of temperature- you might be irritating the nerves with something too hot. Check with your doctor or physical therapist to make sure you are using the modalities correctly. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get nutrition to allow body to heal spinal disc? L4 - L5 bulge, not arthiritis nutrition, heat ? New techniques? Has va insurance

What is the best way to get nutrition to allow body to heal spinal disc? L4 - L5 bulge, not arthiritis nutrition, heat ? New techniques? Has va insurance

Physical Exercise: Tai chi, yoga for low back pain, Osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture, and lots of walking may work to help alleviate your symptoms. Here is an explanation of osteopathic medicine: http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-dos/about-osteopathic-medicine/Pages/default.aspx ...Read more

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My husband mashed his finger in the car door. Do we apply ice or heat?

My husband mashed his finger in the car door. Do we apply ice or heat?

Ice: In the acute phase of an injury like this, ice would generally be recommended. Depending on the extent of the injury, he may need to get it evaluated for a fracture. Hope he feels better soon. ...Read more

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My husband just pulled something in his lower back after lifting a large case of water. Should ice or heat be applied?

My husband just pulled something in his lower back after lifting a large case of water. Should ice or heat be applied?

Either: Either can be effective. Some say that ice is better right after an injury to reduce swelling. Some think heat could aggravate swelling, but some folks find it more soothing than cold. Be careful not to burn or freeze the skin. Over the counter pain medication may help too; follow package instructions and warnings. ...Read more

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My husband was dx with cellulitis and his foot and ankle are swollen. Should he use ice or heat packs to help lessen the swelling?

My husband was dx with cellulitis and his foot and ankle are swollen.  Should he use ice or heat packs to help lessen the swelling?

Ice and elevation: I assume he is on appropriate antibiotics for the infection, the first treatment necessity. Then elevation will help decrease swelling. Ice may ease discomfort. Limit walking and do not press tissues, as this many spread disease. ...Read more

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My husband has 4 slipped discs & arthritis in his spine, can anything be done to help his condition he had injections and all other meds nothing works?

My husband has 4 slipped discs & arthritis in his spine, can anything be done to help his condition he had injections and all other meds nothing works?

Spine surgery: In some cases back surgery might be an option if conservative treatments haven't worked and your pain is persistent, debilitating and disabling. See your PCP for specialist referral. ...Read more

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What to if I am ill will arthritis, should my husband and I have equal work loads?

What to if I am ill will arthritis, should my husband and I have equal work loads?

Probably not: That is up to both of you. You need to sit down with your husband and explain if your pain prohibits you from doing certain things. Hopefully, he will understand how you feel and be willing to take on a greater percentage of the work. ...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