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for what reasons should you reduce swelling to an injury?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Inflammation heals: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. The key is to do things that reduce the parts of inflammation such as ice, compression, elevation and antiinflammatory medications in the first 24hrs.

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Is carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) considered a "work-related" injury

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Sometimes: Carpal tunnel happens in individuals who are predisposed to having excessive pressure on their median nerves at the wrist by virtue of their wrist anatomy i.E smaller or larger carpal tunnel, sensitive nerve. On top of that predisposition, overuse of the wrist and specifically flexing/extension will bring on symptoms. While work can certainly contribute so can any other use if the hand and wrist.
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What are some common college cheerleading injuries?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
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