Icy Hot is a topical medication available over the counter without a physician's prescription. The medicine uses a combination of ingredients—including menthol and methyl salicylate—to dull pain and relax muscles. The alternative warm and cool sensations stimulate the nerves to block pain signals sent to the brain and distract attention from the site of the pain, according to Chattem, Inc., the product's manufacturer. Available in several different options, such as patches, cream or a balm, Icy Hot helps provide temporary relief for several medical conditions.
Arthritis is a medical condition that causes pain and swelling in joints. Additional symptoms associated with arthritis include stiffness and a limited range of motion in the joint. Arthritis mainly occurs due to an autoimmune disorder, injury or age-related damage to the tissue in the joint. Joints commonly affected by arthritis include the knee, wrist and fingers. There is no cure for arthritis, but treatment options such as oral pain medications, heating pads and surgery may help the symptoms. Individuals suffering from arthritis may experience temporary pain relief after using Icy Hot products. The Icy Hot sleeves, creams, balms, patches and sticks all help provide relief to the irritated joints.
Tendons are thick, fibrous bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. An injury or repetitive motion causes inflammation in the tendon. The inflammation causes tenderness, pain and swelling around the affected joint. Common joints affected by tendonitis include the elbow, shoulder and knee. Treatment for tendonitis includes rest, ice, cortisone injections, therapy and surgery, according to the Mayo Clinic. Using Icy Hot on the injured tendons and joints helps relieve the pain and tenderness associated with tendinitis. The Icy Hot sleeve can be worn on large and small joints. The patch, sleeve and roll provide up to 8 hours of pain relief.
Muscular conditions and injuries such as strains, cramping, sprains may cause pain and stiffness. Icy Hot products, designed to block pain receptors, help to relieve the discomfort associated with muscular conditions. General back and muscle aches as well as bruising may improve with the use of an Icy Hot product. All Icy Hot products are safe for external use for adults and for children over the age of 12, according to Chattem, Inc.