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how do you reduce swelling in osteo arthritis of the knee?

 

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The best I way I have found is to use refreezable cold packs, but nothing is 100%.  When using the cold packs, I use an ace bandage between the skin and the pack and then over the packs to give compression to the cold pack.  This is the most helpful way for me.  I am also very active, and using the ace bandages allows me to get up an walk around with them on if I need or want to.  After the cold packs, I sometimes will use a hot bath or heating pad for a short time and then stretch and flex the knee to protect range of motion.

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