Hot and Cold Packs for Low Back Pain

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Overview

Hot and Cold Packs are a perfect way to help relieve strains, sprains, headaches and other musculoskeletal or soft tissue injuries. They can be warmed in the microwave to help relax muscles and increase blood flow or cooled in the freezer to help reduce swelling.

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R = Risk      E = Effectiveness      S = Self-Care

C = Cost     U = Usefulness (overall rating)

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RISK: 5/5

Hot and Cold Packs are effective for low back pain. Our advice: use ice initially and then heat to help reduce pain. The risks are very low, as are the costs, though effectiveness is limited.

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