Do Heat Patches Really Work?

I often have aches in odd places, especially at night, & find that a heating pad doesn’t work or stay close enough to my skin. Have you ever tried those heated patches that stick to your skin?

thermacareYes! A popular one is ThermaCare & for a few dollars it can ease the pain. There are some real benefits: They make a variety of shapes for different parts of your body, so when I have found myself up late at night with a knee that was freezing up & filling with fluid, I could stick one on that is made specifically for the knee. They stay put all night & even have a bit of heat left when you wake up (likely because it’s under the covers). You can bend your knee & it doesn’t come off.

The price of these can also add up quickly, however, so you may want to try some generic ones. I tried a few (some didn’t work at all). My favorite was the menthol patch which was cool, soothing & heated within a few minutes. My favorite was the CVS pharmacy br&.

For about $6 you can get a box of 5. I would stock up when they were on sale & also use my CVS bucks. I also always pack them when I am traveling. I have shoulders that need joint replacements & have found they don’t show under clothing, they stay in place, & they work great when you know you are going to be uncomfortable – like sharing an armrest with someone for 3 hours on an airplane or sleeping in harder beds.

I’d also suggest that you ask your doctor if the prescription Voltarin gel would be something he would prescribe for you. A tube of this can last for 6 months to a year depending on how much you use, but a little goes a very long way. This was just approved by the FDA a couple years ago.

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