Electric heating pad

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This may seem obvious but I just wanted to throw it out there.  I have been icing icing icing to numb pain and reduce swelling.  I broke out an old electric blanket heating pad and in between ice sessions, I am able to warm not only the knee, but ESPECIALLY the surrounding sore muscles, tendons etc.  I apply it to my lower back and hip on the affected side and the results have been really good.  I am able to relax and get better range of motion and my stretching exercises are easier with "pre-heated" muscles.  Hope this helps and best of luck.  Note: you can burn yourself with these so don't fall asleep on it with bare skin et al.

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    My physio guy used heat on me as well.  I found it very helpful.  I know some  techs don't use heat though.  I had a bag I used in the microwave...  When my staples were removed I found a warm bath very relaxing...  
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    Every time I went to physical therapy they had me lay with my thigh on a heated pad before starting the actual therapy.  While laying on the pad I raised my leg as far as it would go for about 10 minutes.  After that I was much more relaxed and able to do the exercises they required.
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    Thanks Sky

    i used to do this with a heat pad a while back and had forgotten. I'm going to dig it out again for my sore muscles!

    Suzi. 18 weeks tomorrow

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    Always thought that heat is good for stiff muscles, ice-packs are fine if knee is swollen and sore but general stiffness heat and exercise works every time. 
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    I only used ice in the hospital and in the first couple of weeks. After that I found a hot water bottle the best thing for all the aches and pains, shifting it around from knee to thigh to back etc.
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