Has anyone used cold/hot therapy for osteoarthritis with success? Or, does anyone think this can theoretically work?
From my understanding, cartilage does not receive blood via blood vessels, but via neighboring tissues (e.g., bone) that receive blood. Thus, cartilage has a poor blood supply.
Cold/hot therapy supposedly works by pushing blood towards into the tissues and towards the skin through heat, then by doing the opposite through cold. Supposedly, repeating one after the other "pumps" more blood cells into the cartilage through the neighboring tissues that are constantly being flooded with blood and drained of blood and flooded with blood, and so on.
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