Product Type: Cura-Heat health products
Newest Review: ... like a sock with no foot. This was easy enough for me to do although people with limited mobility may struggle. It fit rather snuggley and ... more
Didn't Cura me, only stressed me out !!!
Cura-Heat Arthritis Heat Pads for Knee
Member Name: jazzypinkpuppet
Cura-Heat Arthritis Heat Pads for Knee
Advantages: Heat is slightly pleasing
Disadvantages: uncomfortable, price, fiddly.
I am only twenty nine but have suffered with mild to moderate joint pain for about ten years now. It started in my fingers but has since spread to my shoulders and my left knee. The many doctors I have been to have never officially diagnosed me with anything, and despite blood tests, xrays and examinations I still don't really know why I get this pain.
I am always on the look out for products to help me cope with the pain and was quite excited when I found this pack of Cura-Heat knee pads, here is how I got on with them.........
The box includes a soft stretchy bandage and four heat pads. The idea is that you put the bandage over your knee, pop the pads in the pockets on the bandage and away you go to get on with your life. In reality it is another story all together.
The bandage is like those tube grip ones, so you need to pull it on like a sock with no foot. This was easy enough for me to do although people with limited mobility may struggle. It fit rather snuggley and wasn't particularly comfortable, another problem for me was the length of it, I am not sure if I have extraordinary long knees but the bandage only just covered the knee area.
The next step is to put the heated pads into the pockets, you need to take the pad out of it's little wrapper and the air automatically activates it, to reach full heat it takes about 25 minutes. Now I found putting the pads in the pockets quite fiddly and difficult and my fingers were not even bad at the time, I can imagine elderly people or people with arthritis in their hands would struggle at this point. It was now fifteen minutes after I first opened the pack and I only had one pad in it's place, so much for 'quick relief' !!! .
Ten minutes later I was all strapped up, both pads gently warming up nicely. Great, now I could get on with my day and forget about it - oh how wrong I was !!!!! As soon as I started to walk, the tube bandage started to roll down, it was all gathered at the back of my knee and totally uncomfortable. I readjusted the bandage which stayed put for about ten minutes before rolling down again. I decided to put skinny jeans on to try and hold it in place, this worked quite well and so I set off into town. So far so good, until I am half way round Sainsburys and I feel it start to roll, it was like when it happens to your tights, once they start there is no stopping them and before you know it they are around your knees. So there was nothing I could do, I had tight trousers on so couldn't put my hand up the leg to adjust it, I obviously couldn't put my hand down my trousers in the middle of Sainsburys, I just had to go with the flow. luckily the pads stopped the bandage rolling all the way down, it just was all bulging at the bottom of my knee.
I got home and sorted it out, put the kettle on and watched Neighbours, during this time I started to feel some benefit to the heat, it was a nice sensation and I think did give me some relief by distracting my mind from the pain.
The pads stay warm for eight hours, you shouldn't wear them in bed.
They are not suitable for open wounds or children.
I think they worked to some degree, when I was sitting still, but I am a busy mum and don't have time to sit with my leg up all day. The relief I got could have been achieved by a hot water bottle or heated wrap.
I think they are totally unsuitable for day to day life.
The hassle and uncomfortable feeling from these far outweigh any benifit they offer.
You can buy them from Boots for £4.99, this is for four pads (two applications). I really think you should save your money or buy a hot water bottle instead.
Summary: A heat relief for knees that didn't work for me.