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Hot or cold for back pain?

November 01, 2013

Q. Which is best for pain and stiffness from a sore backā€”heat or cold?

A. When choosing between heat and cold, you may be a better judge than your doctor. Nerve fibers that carry pain sensation also sense change in temperature. As a result, stimulating the nerves with either heat or cold can diminish your discomfort, so you can choose which one to try. Both may ease your pain.

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