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Old 05-14-2018, 12:33 PM
 
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He said that the PT told him heat or cold packs, but how can heat work? Wouldn't it aggravate the condition? Because I thought it would inflame the inside, rather than cool it down. When he was in the hospital, they applied cold packs to the side of the hip operation and that did help.
No, it doesn't aggravate the condition. Heat can help reduce inflammation and soothe stiff joints. Some practitioners recommend alternating heat and cold but what works for me is a hot bath, 20 minutes, twice a day. Cold packs just make my knee stiffer and more painful.

Not everyone is the same, so a little experimentation is in order.
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Old 05-14-2018, 12:56 PM
 
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He said that the PT told him heat or cold packs, but how can heat work? Wouldn't it aggravate the condition? Because I thought it would inflame the inside, rather than cool it down. When he was in the hospital, they applied cold packs to the side of the hip operation and that did help.
We're told so many things TO DO, I think the heat helps to get blood flowing. Cold I believe would be for immediate injuries, but both are used. While I was in rehabs it was all cold packs, but a PT would apply hot pack to my knee when she was working to get my knee to cycle on the bike. I keep a heating pad on my bed and use it now and then. Often now when I use the cold packs, I hurt more. geeeezzzzz
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:01 PM
 
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He said that the PT told him heat or cold packs, but how can heat work? Wouldn't it aggravate the condition? Because I thought it would inflame the inside, rather than cool it down. When he was in the hospital, they applied cold packs to the side of the hip operation and that did help.
Cold brings down swelling (supposedly) and heat relaxes muscles and tendons.
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Old 05-15-2018, 04:51 AM
 
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There are times to work through it and times to stop. I have had multiple knee surgeries and in general if it’s sharp pain they say to stop but otherwise work through. It may help him to take pain medicine before and after PT which his doctor should be willing to prescribe if necessary. When I had my first major knee surgery I had to take two pills on PT days for about a month post op.
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:48 PM
 
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There are times to work through it and times to stop. I have had multiple knee surgeries and in general if itís sharp pain they say to stop but otherwise work through. It may help him to take pain medicine before and after PT which his doctor should be willing to prescribe if necessary. When I had my first major knee surgery I had to take two pills on PT days for about a month post op.
I'm happy to report that he's getting better. He's "working through" the pain, and he's walking better. I appreciate everyone's input, although if it were me, I'd probably have taken it easier.
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