Using Hot or Cold Gel Packs to Relieve Pain and Inflammation

Pain relief and comfort are important for people with arthritis. Cold therapy is helpful for reducing swelling and inflammation. Heat therapy helps relieve pain, including localized arthritis pain. You should look for convenient, easy-to-use products that can provide comfort and relief.

Gel packs, designed for heat and cold therapy, offer an alternative to old-fashioned hot water bottles and electric heating pads. If you don't have a hot or cold gel pack, consider one of the following items. Remember, always read and follow directions to ensure the safe use of these products.


Elasto-Gel Hot/Cold Wrap, Foot and Ankle Wrap

Foot/Ankle Therapy Wrap

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The Elasto-Gel wrap conforms to your foot or ankle to provide heat or cold therapy. The product is durable and reusable. If accidentally punctured, it will not leak! The wrap remains soft and flexible even at -20 F. It is also microwaveable. The wrap is latex-free.


FlexiKold Gel Cold Pack Oversize by NatraCure

FlexiKold Gel Pack product package

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The FlexiKold gel pack is an oversized gel pack that has been promoted for its ability to stay colder longer than other products and be more flexible due to its professional-grade gel interior, making it the preference of many healthcare professionals. The oversize feature makes it great for the back and other large areas.


Medi-Temp Universal Hot/Cold Therapy Pad, Large

Medi-Temp gel pack

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The Medi-Temp hot/cold gel compress is perfect for the back, hips, shoulders, and full coverage on a knee. It holds its temperature for up to 3 hours. It's reusable, adjustable, washable, and one-size-fits-all.


Elasto-Gel Cervical Collar

elasto gel cervical collar box

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The Elasto-Gel cervical collar has adjustable side flaps and a detachable extension strap to help keep it in place. It is a great choice for neck and shoulders. The large, latex-free wrap holds a 6 x 9 inch reusable cold pack. It is reusable. If punctured, it will not leak. It is soft and flexible even at -20 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also microwavable.


Elasto-Gel Hot and Cold Wrist (or Elbow) Wrap

Elasto-gel Hot and Cold Wrist Wrap

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The Elasto-Gel hot and cold wrist wrap can also be used on the elbow. This wrap provides moist heat or cold to soothe aches and pains. It will not leak if accidentally punctured. It can be used over and over.


ACE Compress Multi Purpose Wrap, Cold/Hot

Ace wrap on person's arm

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The ACE multi-purpose wrap includes a reusable hot or cold gel pack. The neoprene-blend wrap together with the hot or cold gel pack provides relief from aches and pains. It's adjustable and can be used on multiple body parts.

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