Answers to Common Arthritis Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about arthritis.

When should I use heat and when should I use ice?

Dr. Michael Raab discusses the use of heat and ice for arthritis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Using heat may relieve the pain and stiffness of arthritis, according to the American Academy of Family PhysiciansOff Site Icon. Heat can be applied with heating pads, warm baths or hot water bottles, and can be alternated with ice packs, according to the AAFP.

The choice to apply heat or cold to relieve arthritic pain is the patient’s preference, as many have reported feeling relief using either, according to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationOff Site Icon.

For more information about hot and cold treatments for arthritis, talk to your doctor.

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Source: Michael Raab, MD, Premier Orthopedics

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