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How To Reduce Swelling After Injury
Time: It takes awhile for all the excess water that accumulates in your tissues during pregnancy to leave the body. Typically the majority of the swelling should be gone in 3 weeks. Exercise can help. Compression stockings and garmets can help a women feel better as well. Some gals take epsom salt baths as well. ...Read more
Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more
Pressure: Pressure will reduce swelling and scar formation. The mechanism for this improvement is a sunject of debate. If the injury is a limb then gentle wrapping with an ace wrap from the hand or foot up to the injury will help. The wrap should be snug but not painful. If the scar is not on an extremity then tape and a silicne pad may help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Slow Process: Normally, time will take care of the swelling. In the meantime, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen can help a bit. On the first day or two, ice/cold compresses can also help a bit. Obviously, you need to avoid additional trauma, like playing with your lip or very hard foods for a few days. Other than that, you'll just have to wait for your body to heal. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Post-op complaints: Did you have a menisectomy (removal) or a meniscal repair? - pain and swelling a month after surgery are not unheard of by any means, but it is also possible that you are overdoing it. I suggest you speak with your surgeon and/ or physical therapist about your concerns. In the meanwhile, at home, you can use rest, ice, compression, elevation, tens (if prescribed), and/or nsaids for pain & swelling. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lots of things: Ice it a lot. Get a knee sleeve ice machine and use it when ever you are sitting down or resting for the first 6-12 weeks. I can't stress how much these ice machine sleeves help. Bregg makes a great machine. I believe it is called polar tec. Do lots of isometric quadriceps contractions. Elevate it when your not walking around. Ice after any activity for 10-20 minutes. Where a compression sock. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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