Other causes of joint pain are:
- Inflammation or bursitis of the cushioning found around joints
- Some infectious diseases like influenza, mumps and hepatitis
- Inflammation of the tendon or tendinitis
- Chondromalacia of the patella
- Breakdown of cartilage around the kneecap
- An infection of the bone or joint
How to Reduce Joint Pain and Inflammation
Hot cold therapy wraps are beneficial to reduce joint pain and inflammation by stimulating the body’s natural healing process. For example, heat can dilate blood vessels, reduce muscle spasms and stimulate blood circulation. Besides, heat changes pain sensation in the body. You may use dry heat like heat lamps or heating pads or moist heat, such as heated washcloths or warm baths. On the other hand, cold compress helps reduce inflammation by blood vessel constriction. Although cold therapy or packs may feel uncomfortable at first, they can suppress or numb deep pain.
What Temperature is Suitable when Using Heat Therapy for Joint Pain?
When you use moist heat therapy, you need to ensure that the temperature is not very hot that it could burn your skin. You need to find a temperature that’s tolerable while using a hot water bottle, bath or spa therapy. You even have to give it some time to work. You have to use moist heat application for around 15 minutes before you exercise. After that, use it again soon after the exercise. You can even use moist heat therapy anytime you like for additional joint pain relief.
Different Types of Heat Therapy for Joint Pain
You may choose from the given types of heat therapies for joint pain:
- Heat belts or disposable heat patches
- Hot packs (warmed in a microwave)
- A therapeutic mixture of mineral oil and paraffin
- Warm, moist cloth or towel
- Warm hot tub or whirlpool
Does Cold Therapy Relieve Arthritis Pain?
Yes, cold therapy numbs soreness and reduces inflammation. Ice packs are great for joint pain that occurs due to arthritis flare. You may even think of using a local spray like fluoromethane on a painful area before you start exercising. It helps with joint pain by providing superficial cooling on the affected area while decreasing muscle spasms. Or, you may use instant cold packs made from vegetables or frozen bags.