OTC Topical Heat Therapy Patches

Over the counter pain patches such as ThermaCare Heat Wraps can be used for mild pain associated with arthritis and inflammation. These patches have natural heat-producing ingredients, which provide heat at a low intensity for a long duration, 8 to 12 hours. In theory, heat will create vaso-dilitation, or increased blood flow, which provides a beneficial effect the underlying joint.  Iron particles within the patch react with air to produce heat.

Patients should be cautious when using these products as burns may occur. In particular, diabetics, patients with poor circulation, pregnant patients, or those with rheumatoid arthritis should consult their doctor prior to using these products.10