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 safe use of these products.


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

Elasto-Gel foot or ankle gel wrap

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 degrees F.  It is also microwaveable. The wrap is latex-free.


FlexiKold Gel Cold Pack Oversize (13" x 21.5") by NatraCure

FlexiKold gel pack

The FlexiKold gel pack is an oversized gel pack which has been promoted for its ability to: stay colder longer than other products, be more flexible due to its professional grade gel interior, be 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

The Medi-Temp hot/cold gel compress that is perfect for the back, hips, shoulder 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.


Knee Wrap - Gel Beads Hot & Cold Therapy Compress Pack

Gel pack for knee

This knee wrap utilizes gel bead technology which can provide heat and cold therapy. The knee gel pack can be frozen or microwaved. It can be used on the left or right knee. It is a vinyl pack with elastic straps plus a soft fabric cover. The gel pack delivers up to 30 minutes of cool or heat relief for aches and pains. Just put the gel pack in the freezer 20-30 minutes or place in the microwave machine for less than 1 minute.


Elasto-Gel Cervical Collar

Elasto-Gel cervical collar

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 shoulders or legs. 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 wrist or elbow wrap

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 hot or cold multipurpose wrap

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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