Just a quick post to create another poll on something I’m yet to get to the bottom of after all these years: What is the best form of relief for a swollen, painful joint? You would think, that since most swollen joints are also hot thanks to the underlying inflammation, a cold compress or icepack would settle things down. But, at the same time, joint pain can often increase in cold weather, so heat seems like a reasonable option too.
Personally, I think that cold may help with the swelling if I gave it chance, but I really can’t bear cold on my joints as it increases my pain. At the same time, heat is quite soothing on the joints and can ease or at least disguise the pain, but it does nothing to take down the swelling.
So which of these options is best for you?