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For moderate to severe pain from
osteoarthritis, try applying heat and cold to the
affected joints as appropriate. Experiment with these heat and cold techniques
until you find what helps you most.
Paraffin wax is a form of moist heat that may help if you have pain
and stiffness in your hands or feet. It is especially useful before exercise.
Your physical therapist can teach you to use paraffin at home.
Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group (2004). Thermotherapy
for treatment of osteoarthritis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2). Oxford: Update Software.
April 8, 2011
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & David A. Fleckenstein, PT, MPT - Physical Therapy
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