Anyone who lives with rheumatoid arthritis knows the value of an ice-pack or five. A flare-up can hit many joints at one time, so it's advisable to have several ice-packs stashed in your freezer.
You may have often heard it said that you can use a bag of frozen vegetable. My thinking is that if you're going to use the frozen veggies, you're going to throw them out afterwards. At least I think you would. Instead, spend that money on several ice-packs that you can keep on hand, ready for chillin'.
The best way to use an ice-pack is to wrap it in a lightly-moistened cloth to increase conductivity. Brrr! Be patient, soon you'll be singing a different tune. It's recommended that you keep it on for no longer than twenty minutes.
To make the whole icing process easier, I decided to take some old towels and make pillow cases for my ice-packs. Dependent upon the location of the hot joint, I might also use a tensor bandage to secure the ice-pack in place.