Hot Packs

Hot Packs

Often used method. Many use a sand like material (eg silicon dioxide; petroleum distillate) in canvas tubes (hydrocollator pacs). Packs come in different sizes to fit different body parts. Packs are usually kept in thermostatically controlled containers or heated in a microwave oven.

Indications:
Soft tissue injury; local muscle spasm; contusions.

Methods of application:
Pack is heated to about 65 degrees in water – drain excess water  apply to patient, seperated with towels for 20 – 30 minutes; layers of towels can be reduced to maintain skin temperature

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