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You can use paraffin wax (may be called either paraffin or
wax) to apply moist heat to your hands or feet to ease the pain and stiffness
of osteoarthritis. Paraffin especially helps to reduce pain and loosen up
your hand and finger joints before exercise.
You should talk with
your doctor before trying paraffin at home. And it's a good idea to have a
physical therapist show you how to do it before you try it yourself.
Current as of:
April 8, 2013
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
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