Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates | Santa Rosa, CA

How to Ice Your Joints Like You Mean it

bone health, SANTA ROSA, CAEven though temperatures here in California may not be quite as cold as they are in the Midwest during this time of year, it’s still pretty chilly outside. While other states may have icicles hanging from their rain gutters, the only ice that we have is in our freezers. To help you put that ice to good use and to combat any joint swelling that you have, we have created a list of a few ways for you to get the most out of your icing.

Ice often

If you suffer from arthritis or just went through a joint replacement surgery, then you know you should ice, but you may not know how often. We encourage our patients to ice as often as possible. While your joints are healing, make it a priority to ice multiple times a day to really get rid of all of the swellings.

Don’t Ice On Contact

Did you know that the ice in your ice packs may be even colder than freezing? Rather than putting the ice packs directly on your skin, try to put a small cheesecloth or even t-shirt in between the ice and your skin; that way you still get the benefits of icing without harming your skin.

Use Soft Ice

Another thing that you should consider using is gel ice packs rather than ice cubes. Why exactly? Gel packs are able to actually wrap around your joints rather than just sitting in one small place.

Icing is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do for swollen or sore joints. To learn a little bit more about how you can take better care of your joints, contact our Santa Rosa office today and call us at (707) 544-3400.

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