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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 189 23
Chronic pain 137 26
Back pain 109 30
Muscle spasms 48 21
Neck pain 28 8
Stiffness 28 6

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 3
Mild 12
None 81

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

Side effect Patients
Feeling hot 6
Generalized weakness (asthenia) 2
Overheated 2
Abscess 1
Burn 1
Erythema ab igne 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Heating Pad-Hot Packs

Dosage Patients
20minutes as needed 13
30minutes as needed 11
15minutes as needed 7
30 min daily 5
20 min daily 4
15 min daily 3
3 hr daily 2
6 hr daily 2
8 hr daily 2
2hours as needed 2

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Why patients stopped taking Heating Pad-Hot Packs

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 11
Did not seem to work 6
Course of treatment ended 5
Doctor's advice 3
Personal research 2
Expense 1
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Currently using Heating Pad-Hot Packs

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 24

Stopped using Heating Pad-Hot Packs

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 42
Usually 44
Sometimes 12
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 28
Not at all hard to take 60
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 1
< $25 45
Not specified 50
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12 patient evaluations for Heating Pad-Hot Packs

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Rejoice
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Rejoice
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 45
Condition: Spinal Stenosis 28 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Spinal Stenosis

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Feb 10, 2015 (Started Nov 06, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain in upper back)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Overheated)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 18 hr Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 15, 2012 (Started Nov 06, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Torticollis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 6 hr Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 10, 2012 (Started Nov 06, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Torticollis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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:F55y
FM:4y Dx
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Sep 9, 2013 (Started Aug 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Chronic pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Back pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Cold intolerance)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for physiotherapist request)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Costochondritis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Tendinitis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
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:F44y
CFS:22y Dx
FM:22y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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May 20, 2013 (Started Aug 14, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Feeling hot)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 9, 2012 (Started Aug 14, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I cannot use heat with my pain patches.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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