A common question knee pain sufferers ask is: “When should ice packs be used on your knee?”
People with blood circulation problems should consult their doctors before attempting to use an ice pack, as the cold may reduce circulation.
When your arthritis flares up with a burning sensation and your knee is warm to the touch, it is due to excessive amounts of unnecessary friction in your knees. Read more about this phenomena here.
When this happens, you may usually also experience swelling and inflammation of the knee joint. You may also notice that it bulges slightly.
To apply an ice pack, ensure that it is not extremely cold to the touch as it may damage your skin. Aim for a gradual release of cold from the ice pack as it should feel comfortable to you. If you find the ice pack too cold to the touch, wrap it in a towel for extra comfort before applying to the knee. Frozen vegetables or peas may also work as a good alternative to an ice pack.
Keep the ice pack on your knee for no longer than 20 minutes each session. Have, at most, one session every 2 hours.
In general, ice is used when swelling occurs. For stiff joints and early mornings, heat treatment may be more appropriate. You may alternate between heat and ice treatments, if it feels better for your knee. Try our Far Infrared Brace if you haven’t already. It induces a warming sensation from within your knee, healing it from the inside out using natural invisible light.