2nd October 2019

verywellhealth
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Is it OK to put ice directly on your skin?

Don't put ice directly on the skin. Water freezes at 32 degrees, but the ice that comes out of the freezer is likely to be much colder than that. Putting ice or any kind of chemical cold pack—homemade or otherwise—directly on the skin can lead to frostbite rather quickly.

Then, how long should I put ice on my knee?

Use a bag of ice or cold pack on your knee four to eight times per day for 20 minutes each time. Don't hold it on there longer than 20 minutes because it can cause frostbite.

Is it better to use heat or cold on knee pain?

Heat can relax muscles and help lubricate joints. Heat therapy may be used to relieve muscle and joint stiffness, help warm up joints before activity, or ease a muscle spasm. Cold can reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain related to arthritis and activity. (It is also recommended to treat many acute injuries.)
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