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Archive for July 8th, 2011

Ice Gel Pack

Ice Gel Pack

A Cochrane review abstract looked at the effectiveness of thermotherapy for treating knee osteoarthritis.  They looked at three randomized-controlled clinical trials that used hot or cold therapy to treat OA of the knee.

The main results were that ice massage had a statistically beneficial effect on range-of-motion, knee function, and knee strength.  Also, hot packs had no beneficial effect on swelling compared to cold therapy.  Cold packs were shown to reduce swelling.