What is Heating Pad-Hot Packs?

Category: Equipment

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See also: Hot Water Bottle

The heat provided by heat pads or hot packs can relax tight muscles causing tissues to relax. This decreases pain caused by muscle tension or spasms. It also causes vasodilation of blood vessels which increases circulation to the area. Types can include electrical, chemical and water bottles/packs.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

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Severe
2
Moderate
2
Mild
9
None
57

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Heating Pad-Hot Packs

Feeling hot 6
Generalized weakness (asthenia) 2
Abscess 1
Burn 1
Erythema ab igne 1
Hot flashes 1

Show all 9 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently using Heating Pad-Hot Packs)
Dosage Patients
30minutes as needed 66
20minutes as needed 66
30 min daily 34
15minutes as needed 31
1hours as needed 25
20 min daily 22
60minutes as needed 19
3 hr daily 19
1 hr daily 18
2 hr daily 16

Dosages based on patients currently using Heating Pad-Hot Packs.

Why Patients Stopped Using (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Other 11
Did not seem to work 5
Course of treatment ended 4
Doctor's advice 3
Personal research 2
Expense 1
See all 26 patients who’ve stopped using Heating Pad-Hot Packs

Duration

How Long Current Patients Have Been Using Heating Pad-Hot Packs
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 1
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 6
1-2 years 6
2 years or more 76
How Long Patients Used Before Stopping
Duration Patients
0-1 month 2
1-3 months 1
3-6 months 3
6 months-1 year 3
1-2 years 5
2 years or more 8
Adherence
Always
30 43%
Usually
31 44%
Sometimes
9 13%
Never
0 0%
Burden
Very
1 1%
Somewhat
8 11%
A little
20 29%
Not at all
41 59%
Cost per month
$200+
0 0%
$100-199
0 0%
$50-99
2 6%
$25-49
1 3%
31 91%
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12 patient evaluations for Heating Pad-Hot Packs

Rejoice
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Rejoice
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 43
Condition: Spinal Stenosis 23 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Spinal Stenosis

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Feb 10, 2015 (Started Nov 06, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Pain in upper back: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 18 hr Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 15, 2012 (Started Nov 06, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Torticollis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 6 hr Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 10, 2012 (Started Nov 06, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Torticollis: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 6 hr Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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whatacall
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whatacall
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Little
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: Little
function: Some
external_stress: Little
Stickman: little
Description:F54y
FM:3y Dx
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Sep 9, 2013 (Started Aug 15, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Chronic pain: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Back pain: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Cold intolerance: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for physiotherapist request: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Costochondritis: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Tendinitis: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Without this treatment the pain would be unbearable. Makes pain negate for time enough to do ADL and cook something to eat. It is now my new best friend. Also sweating and heat from sun helps ease pain.

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sunnyday
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sunnyday
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: All
Stickman: most
Description:F42y
FM:20y Dx
CFS:20y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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May 20, 2013 (Started Aug 14, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Pain: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Sometimes
  • Burden: Not at all
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 9, 2012 (Started Aug 14, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Pain: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I cannot use heat with my pain patches.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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