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Could it be a good idea to use heat after knee replacement?
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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
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In brief: No
After surgery, ice tends to work better.

In brief: No
After surgery, ice tends to work better.
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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Not early on
Early on patients try to control swelling.
Heat causes vasodilation which means the tissues can swell more. Ice causes vasoconstriction which makes the swelling decrease. Therefore, in the first 4-6 weeks focus on reducing swelling. After this, warm can "loosen up" the tissues and relax the muscles allowing you to stretch the tissues better. Always follow exercise and workouts with icing.

In brief: Not early on
Early on patients try to control swelling.
Heat causes vasodilation which means the tissues can swell more. Ice causes vasoconstriction which makes the swelling decrease. Therefore, in the first 4-6 weeks focus on reducing swelling. After this, warm can "loosen up" the tissues and relax the muscles allowing you to stretch the tissues better. Always follow exercise and workouts with icing.
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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