Cold and hot compression of the knee is great for individuals suffering from arthritis, osteoarthritis, strains, sprains, post-operation, or for those integrating into a knee rehabilitation program. Stiff, tense, and sore muscles of the knees from these conditions are able to be relaxed and relieved with the help of heat therapy. Not only does the heat relax the knee muscles, but it also stimulates blood flow and improves circulation, which promotes healing, increases the range of motions, and reduces stiffness in painful knee joints. On the other hand, cold therapy is great for relieving burning sensations often caused by knee osteoarthritis or arthritis. Applying cold compression can help numb the affected area and reduce inflammation, joint pain, and stiffness. Reducing inflammation of the knee joints is great for those with arthritis, as inflammation is a major cause of arthritis. Switching between hot and cold compression therapy can offer excellent arthritis pain relief if used appropriately.
BraceAbility's hot cold therapy knee wrap is a great tool for those looking to reduce knee pain through compression of their knee with hot cold compression. The economical wrap design of the brace is specifically designed to provide optimal compression and concentrated cold hot therapy to the knee. The combination of compression and concentrated hot/cold therapy is great for post-op, knee rehabilitation, arthritis and stiff, tense, sore muscles of the knee. The hot and cold knee wrap is available with two designated pockets for heat and ice pack gels. There's also an additional third pocket for those wanting more circumferential coverage around their affected knee. The cold/hot knee wrap comes with 2 heat and ice pack gels. The ice pack gels are reusable for freezing, and the heat packs are also reusable for microwaving. The knee wrap is a unique cold/hot compression brace manufactured from soft, breathable laminate with contact closure and various pockets. The circumferential coverage and compression of the heat or cold gel packets is a great solution for reducing inflammation, relieving pain, and in some cases treating acute injuries to the knee such as muscle tears or chronic joint pain.
There are appropriate times and circumstances in which individuals should use cold versus hot compression therapy for knee pain and injuries. Understanding the benefits of each is important to relieve pain and quicken the recovery process. In some cases such as acute injury or arthritis, it's suggested to alternate between hot and cold therapy. This also depends on which stage of knee osteoarthritis you are experiencing. Learn about the 4 stages of knee OA and the proper treatment for each stage.
Cold compression therapy is a great solution for sudden, acute injuries such as a sprained ankle, muscle tear, bruise, inflammation, and more. Use of cold therapy should be implemented immediately following these acute injuries. This is because when a sudden injury occurs, the surrounding soft tissue often bruises, swells and becomes inflamed. Cold therapy will help to reduce these symptoms. You should not use cold therapy on stiff muscles or joints, or before exercises. Cold therapy is effective for swelling and inflammation because the cold compression constricts the blood vessels and reduces blood flow to the injury.
Heat therapy is great for sore, stiff muscles. The hot compression helps to relax and loosen tired muscles, and can also be used before exercise to improve one's mobility by increasing joint elasticity. Heat therapy also provides optimal pain relief for arthritis, muscle spasms, and more. One should not use hot therapy on an injury that is already warm to touch, as this will irritate the injury more.
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