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 193 24
Back pain 109 29
Muscle spasms 47 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 13
None 93

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

Show all 16 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Heating Pad-Hot Packs

Dosage Patients
30minutes as needed 17
20minutes as needed 13
15minutes as needed 8
20 min daily 4
30 min daily 4
3 hr daily 3
1 hr daily 2
20 min weekly 2
6 hr daily 2
15 min daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Heating Pad-Hot Packs

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 10
Course of treatment ended 5
Did not seem to work 5
Doctor's advice 3
Personal research 2
Expense 1
See all 25 patients who've stopped using Heating Pad-Hot Packs

Duration

Currently using Heating Pad-Hot Packs

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 29

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
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 43
Usually 48
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 30
Not at all hard to take 71
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 1
< $25 48
Not specified 60
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12 patient evaluations for Heating Pad-Hot Packs

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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.

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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