knee painYou can get knee pain for a variety of reasons.  You can fall on the knee, injuring the joint and its overlying patella.

You can have arthritis of the knee from various types of arthritic conditions.

You can be overweight, putting extra pressure on the knees when walking so that, after a walk, the knees will hurt.

The question is, should you use hot or cold for knee pain?

When to Use Ice for Knee Pain

If you have just sustained an injury to the knee, you should probably apply ice to the affected area.

There will be bruising or swelling that can be brought down with the application of ice.  Use an ice pack, a bag of frozen vegetables, or a bag of ice directly over the patella.  Be sure to put a towel or cloth between the skin of your knee and the ice pack itself so you don’t get burned by the cold temperature of the pack.

Ice should be applied in thirty minute intervals.  You basically put the ice on for thirty minutes and then take it off for thirty minutes, cooling down the ice pack in the meantime.  You can do this for about 24 to 48 hours following an injury along with rest, compression and elevation of the knee.  Together, these comprise the RICE technique for taking care of acute musculoskeletal injuries.

After you have used ice to reduce swelling and inflammation, you can begin to apply heat.

When to Use Heat for Knee Pain

Heat is best applied using a heating pad or, better yet, a jade heating pad you can purchase over the internet.

Both types of heating pads will heat up the skin around the knee but the jade heating pad makes use of far infrared ray heat or FIR heat that goes deeper into the tissues to relieve pain and swelling.

Heat is usually applied after you have applied ice for 24 to 48 hours after an injury.

If you need pain relief from arthritis, heat can offer you that.  It eases the pain directly and reduces the spasm of muscles around the knee.  Heat can get into the joint itself, improving circulation to the affected area.

You should use a jade heating pad for the deepest penetration of heat into the knee joint.  It can heat up tissues 2 to 3 inches deep to the skin and can be wrapped around the knee with an ACE bandage.

As with the application of any kind of heat, there should be a cloth or towel between you and the heat source, regardless of the heating pad you choose to use so that the heat doesn’t burn the skin.

Alternate Ice and Heat

As to the use of hot or cold for knee pain, you can choose to alternate the two for pain and inflammation relief.

The heat is applied for thirty minutes followed by ice for thirty minutes.  You can alternate the two types of treatments indefinitely until your pain and swelling is reduced.  Don’t forget to keep the knee elevated in order to reduce swelling.

Hot or cold for knee pain can mean the difference between limping around in pain and having near complete relief of the pain in the knee.  If you enjoy sports and are prone to injuries, you should have a heating pad and ice packs readily available for those occasions when you overdo it or become injured.

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