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Cold/Hot Therapy for Arthritis?

Commented on July 04, 2013
Created July 04, 2013 at 3:06 AM

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.

Any thoughts?

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on July 04, 2013
at 05:56 PM

ty...I usually just do ice packs, but this sounds easy enough to try -definitely worth a shot.

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