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Cold Knee Wraps

August 28, 2012

Ice Pack Wrap

 

Ice pack wraps are helpful at the end of a long day – they are practical and convenient.  Ice is a proven method for reducing pain and swelling.  So while you’re sitting and enjoying a well-deserved rest, you can ice your knees and still get up to find the remote, go to the fridge, or answer the door.

No melting ice dripping on your recliner, or mushy thawed peas rolling on the floor.  This cold therapy wrap makes icing easier.



Ice and cold therapy can make an arthritic knee feel better.  A wrap around knee ice pack is a good way to provide cold therapy to an achy knee while watching television at the end of the day.  The wrap around design keeps the pack from slipping if you shift in your seat or want to get up for a quick trip to the kitchen or bathroom.  Remember ice in fifteen minute intervals.  Gel ice packs conform to the knee better than ice and you don’t have to worry about a leaky bag.  A cold therapy arthritis knee wrap can make icing at the end of the day a little easier.



Cold Knee Wraps

April 18, 2012

Cold knee wraps are great to use if you require regular cold therapy.  Frozen peas, ice packs with ace bandages, or frozen paper cups of water are great for short-term use.  But if you are going to be icing your knee regularly a cold knee wrap will make your therapy time a bit easier.  For one thing you can get up and walk around if you have to.  Also, you don’t have to worry about your frozen peas repeatedly freezing and thawing.  Or worse, picking thawed mushy peas from between your cushions or out of the carpet.

Have you experienced a leaking ice pack yet?

 



There are alternatives to taking medication for osteoarthritis. While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, many of the treatments we will briefly describe have been successful for people living with this degenerative condition. The first osteoarthritis treatment you may want to try is hot and cold therapy. Placing a hot compress to your joints will increase blood flow to the region and soothe inflammation. Applying a cold compress has a numbing effect on nerves that are sensitive to pain.

Another osteoarthritis treatment to try is a lifestyle change. Try changing your eating habits and kicking bad habits like smoking and drinking excessively. Increasing exercise will also help increase blood flow to your joints. Weight loss will also alleviate pressure on your joints since heavy people tend to stress their joints out faster than people in healthy weight ranges. These relatively minor, unobtrusive treatments can have a significant impact on the pain associated with osteoarthritis.



This is a continuation of our series on the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis published in the Journal of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

Knee Therapy

Heat Therapy for Knee OA

Recommendation X

Some types of hot and cold therapy are effective at relieving symptoms in hip and knee osteoarthritis.

Hot and cold therapies are frequently used to treat symptoms in patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis.  They can include hot packs, cold packs, immersion in warm water, and ice massages.

Evidence supporting the use of these treatment options for knee osteoarthritis is limited.  One systematic review looked at two randomized controlled trials.  The results were that quadriceps strength was increased but the range of movement and walking was not effected in a statistically significant manner.

There have been no controlled trials with hot and cold therapy for patients with hip osteoarthritis.

The research team gave this osteoarthritis treatment option a Strength of Recommendation score of 64%.

W. Zhang Ph.D., Moskowitz M.D., et al. OARSI recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis, Part II: OARSI evidence-based, expert consensus guidelines. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. (2008) 16, 137-162.


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Ice Your Arthritis

Often times physicians will recommend cold therapy to treat the pain and swelling  associated with knee osteoarthritis.  Something as simple as an ice pack wrap can make your stiff and swollen joints feel a lot better.

Ice packs reduce swelling by constricting blood vessels and decreasing fluid build-up.  They can be uncomfortable when first applied, but in a short matter of time they can numb the deep aches by reducing the ability of nerve endings to conduct impulses.

An ice pack knee wrap is a great treatment option for osteoarthritis because you can strap an ice pack to your knee, allowing a degree of mobility while icing.