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Health Tip: Use Cold Therapy to Ease Arthritis

How it may help

(HealthDay News) -- If you're struggling with arthritis, cold therapy can help ease swelling and pain.

Here's how to apply cold therapy, courtesy of the Arthritis Foundation:

  • Use an ice pack, a plastic bag filled with ice or even a bag of frozen veggies. Wrap the pack in a towel and apply it to the area for a maximum of 20 minutes at a time.
  • Buy a commercial ice pack, which can wrap around a joint and is less likely to leak.
  • Submerge a painful joint in a bath of ice and cold water.

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