Heat Therapy

Heat therapy, also called thermotherapy, is the application of heat to the body for pain relief and health. Heat therapy involves exposing part or all of the body to high temperatures. Heat can be used in different forms to help relieve joint or muscle pain due to arthritis, injury, or inflammation. Heat therapy can be used for the treatment of headaches and migraines.

Heat may work by improving circulation and relaxing muscles. Heat therapy is most commonly used for rehabilitation purposes. The increased blood flow to the affected area provides proteins, nutrients, and oxygen for better healing.

Top Helpful Cases

 Healed
32 of 40 people found this helpful
I had a Makoplasty in October of 2009 to insert a prosthesis in my medial compartment. I'm 3 months out and had to have a scope done Jan. 19th, just 4 days ago, because I had locking, pain, and muscle spasms. My doctor found a loose piece of cement in my knee joint, which he removed along with 3 other ...
 Helped a lot
7 of 10 people found this helpful
I've always had issues with bursitis in my hips and shoulders. About 6 months ago my left shoulder got so bad I couldn't move my arm at all. After some x-rays and tests I was diagnosed with severe bursitis and the complication of two bone spurs. I have been told that surgery will end up being the only option but ...
 No change
6 of 6 people found this helpful
Seriously, everyone called it lower back pain and until my MRI showed clear they called it sciatica. Even my PT -- but come on let's face it the pain in really a tad lower than what I would call my back. It took a long time to get professionals to understand though my lower lumbar was uncomfortable it was really ...

Heat Therapy is Used For These Conditions

Area
Condition Average Result Healed Helped
a Lot
Helped
a Little
No Change Made Worse
All Conditions (average)
3.4
(149)
28 40 52 24 5
Arm
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
5.0
1
Arm
Compound Fracture
4.0
1
Arm
Elbow Pain
3.5
1 1
Arm
Elbow Tendinitis
2.0
2
Back General
Osteoarthritis - Degenerative Disc Disease
4.0
1
Back General
Muscle Spasm
3.0
1
Back General
Pain
3.0
1 1
Back General
Spina Biffida/ Scoliosis
3.0
2
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Piriformis Syndrome
4.5
1 1
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Pinched Nerve
4.0
2 1
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Osteoarthritis - Degenerative Disc Disease
3.7
4 2
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Pain
3.5
2 3 4 1
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Sacroiliac Joint
3.5
1 1
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Herniated Disk
3.4
2 5 5 1 1
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Sciatica
3.0
2 3 2
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Scar Tissue
3.0
1
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Coccyx Area Pain
2.3
1 3
Back Mid (Thoracic)
Pain
4.0
1
Back Mid (Thoracic)
Herniated Disk
3.0
2
Back Upper - Neck (Cervical)
Trapezius Spasm
5.0
1
Back Upper - Neck (Cervical)
Pain
4.8
3 1
Back Upper - Neck (Cervical)
Osteoarthritis - Degenerative disc disease
4.5
1 1
Back Upper - Neck (Cervical)
Muscle Strain
3.0
1
Back Upper - Neck (Cervical)
Herniated Disc in Neck
3.0
1 2
General
Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD)
4.0
1
General
Extremely Low or No Flexibility in Joints
4.0
1
General
Fibromyalgia
2.8
1 2 2
Head
Chronic Headache
3.0
2
Hip
Arthritis
4.0
1
Hip
Pain
3.8
2 3
Hip
Ischial Tuberosity Syndrome
3.0
2
Hip
Osteoarthritis
3.0
1
Hip
Bursitis
2.8
1 1 2
Hip
Labral Tear
2.0
3
Internal
Hemophilia
5.0
1
Knee
Articular Cartilage Damage
5.0
1
Knee
Lack of Meniscus in Medial Compartment
5.0
1
Knee
Bursitis
5.0
1
Knee
Tendinitus
4.3
2 1
Knee
Normal Cartilage Wear
4.0
1
Knee
Pain
3.7
2 4 3 1
Knee
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Damage (ACL)
3.5
1 1
Knee
Lateral Meniscus Tear
3.0
1
Knee
Osteoarthritis
3.0
3
Knee
Fractured Kneecap
3.0
1
Knee
Medial Meniscus Tear
3.0
1
Knee
Meniscus Knee Injury
2.7
1 1 1
Knee
Plica Syndrome
2.0
1
Leg
Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
5.0
1
Leg
Hamstring Strain
3.0
1
Neurological
Ramsay Hunt Syndrome
4.0
1
Shoulder
Dislocation
5.0
1
Shoulder
Arthritis With Impingement
5.0
1
Shoulder
Rotator Cuff Injury
3.5
1 1
Shoulder
Bone Spurs
3.5
1 1
Shoulder
Broken Clavicle
3.0
1 1
Shoulder
Pain
2.8
2 1 3
Shoulder
Tendinitis
2.0
1 1
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