Features August 2010 Issue

Ease Your Pain with Ice and Heat

Cooling and warming can help aching joints, but you need to know when to use each therapy and when not overuse them as well.

When a joint aches, the questions arise: Ice or heat? "We generally tell people that if something is sore, start with ice," says Susan Joy, MD, director of Women’s Sports Health at Cleveland Clinic. "If it doesn’t make you feel better, switch to heat." But, as with most everything, one size doesn’t fit all, and your choice of heat or cold depends largely on your situation and personal preference.

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