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Red and warm knee cap. Add ice pack or call ortho?

Red and warm knee cap. Add ice pack or call ortho?

See a Doc: A red and warm knee joint could be a sign of infection. This is not something to "sit on". See a doctor, preferably and orthopedist asap. ...Read more

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20 years ago bad ankle sprain. Today swelling on outside tissue only. Can hardly walk on it. Any advice? Ace wrap to bed? Ice? Buy a brace maybe?

20 years ago bad ankle sprain. Today swelling on outside tissue only. Can hardly walk on it. Any advice? Ace wrap to bed? Ice? Buy a brace maybe?

Sounds like it's: time to reevaluate this ankle.I would suggest an Ortho consult.In the mean time,ice,ace bandage,flex ion/extension movement is preferred ( toe pointing and retracting) and antiinflamatories like Advil (ibuprofen). ...Read more

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Calf swelling--do I apply ice or heat?

Calf swelling--do I apply ice or heat?

Depends: Ice is good on acute injuries to decrease the inflammation, like when an athlete sprains an ankle. Heat promotes blood flow to the area in order to help healing. Depending on the cause of your calf swelling will dictate which would be more helpful. Many times if both calfs are swelling it can be from decreased venous return and therefore leg elevation, and compressive stockings can help. ...Read more

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Sports injuries, sprains== when do you use an ice pack?

Sports injuries, sprains== when do you use an ice pack?

Any injury.: You can apply ice to any injury, sprain or strain. Or if you have pain or soreness from overuse, ice is helpful. ...Read more

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Will ACE bandaging help my dislocated knee? Temporarily?

Will ACE bandaging help my dislocated knee? Temporarily?

Yes: Be sure it is not too tight. There are other braces that are much better. Pt is also helpful. ?Is this your first dislocation? Did you have an MRI as this can be associated with other soft tissue problems. *****i assume this is a dislocated kneecap and not the entire knee joint as the latter is an entirely different animal so to speak! ...Read more

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Tripped&hit knee hard on corner of table week ago clicking when walking Pain up/dwn stairs Swelling&more pain@end of day X-ray clean seek addtl care?

Tripped&hit knee hard on corner of table week ago clicking when walking Pain up/dwn stairs Swelling&more pain@end of day X-ray clean seek addtl  care?

Knee pain: Could be patellar contusion, however if pain and symptoms continue for more than a couple of weeks you may need an MRI to evaluate the tendons and ligaments for injury or tears. An MRI may also pick up a fracture or chip that the x-ray could miss. ...Read more

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How can i avoid hurting myself on the ice this winter, ive fallen on cleats, ice bugs, stabilizers, etc., i got myself an ice cane, will that work?

How can i avoid hurting myself on the ice this winter, ive fallen on cleats, ice bugs, stabilizers, etc., i got myself an ice cane, will that work?

Tricky: cannot say in your particular case, but balance issues (parkinson's, ear disorders, drug effects), movement disorders among others are issues. Fall mitigation (martial arts training), gracefulness and balance training (ballroom dance), bone mineral density testing are some other thoughts. ...Read more

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I have numb finger tips from playing guitar hero. How long till it wears off? Will motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) help?

I have numb finger tips from playing guitar hero. How long till it wears off?  Will motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) help?

A day or so: Prolonged pressure on the tips of your fingers can result in temporary numbness. It may last a few hours to a few days. You can help hasten recovery by massaging and rubbing your finger tips. Consider taking breaks between sets in the future... ...Read more

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Should I use heat or ice on hand swelling that won't go down after 76 hours?

Should I use heat or ice on hand swelling that won't go down after 76 hours?

Hmm...trauma?: It depends on the mechanism of injury and clinical situation surrounding your swelling. Ice really only works for initial traumatic or post surgical swelling and not for chronic swelling or anything greater than 24 hours after injury. ...Read more

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Nearly fainted and accidentally burned my finger in 350 degree oven. Can't take nsaids. Hurts crazy w/o ice. Is it ok to apply ice continuously on it?

Nearly fainted and accidentally burned my finger in 350 degree oven. Can't take nsaids. Hurts crazy w/o ice. Is it ok to apply ice continuously on it?

Yes, 20 minutes: Yes, for up to 20 minutes. The most important question: is there just redness or is there blistering or is it pale and leathery? If only redness or blistering, applying an antibiotic ointment or aloe should be soothing. Leathery full thinness or 3rd degree burns require medical attention. ...Read more

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My husband mashed his finger in the car door. Do we apply ice or heat?

Ice: In the acute phase of an injury like this, ice would generally be recommended. Depending on the extent of the injury, he may need to get it evaluated for a fracture. Hope he feels better soon. ...Read more

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Patella contusion-8 months. Inside below patella-swollen. On fire at night, Ice relieves.Can't stand up 5+mins.Warm/swollen morning. Cracks fullextend?

Patella contusion-8 months. Inside below patella-swollen. On fire at night, Ice relieves.Can't stand up 5+mins.Warm/swollen morning. Cracks fullextend?

Patella injury: You should be seen by a knee specialist . It's not typical for a young patient to have the current symptoms u have , especially when you can gain treatment and be helped ...Read more

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Sitting then jumped up on rock on accident ankle folded like acute angle can barley walk bad swelling been doing rice- sprain, hairline fracture, or?

Sitting then jumped up on rock on accident ankle folded like acute angle can barley walk bad swelling been doing rice- sprain, hairline fracture, or?

Possible sprain: You will need and x-ray to see if you have a fracture or if it is just a sprain. Have it evaluated by your physician to get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I rolled my ankle playing tennis. Continued to play although was careful. Swelled overnight. Rice until no swelling or pain and then play again?

I rolled my ankle playing tennis.  Continued to play although was careful.  Swelled overnight.  Rice until no swelling or pain and then play again?

Yes and no!: Joint should be stabilize, at least with a wrap, or better, a sprained ankle appliance, to stabilize your anle. I would also recommend nsaids while off your foot. ...Read more

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Fell on tailbone, stairs, 4 days ago, hurts sitting, when stand up, & laugh/cough; no bruising/swelling, heat helps cold doesnt; see Dr or wait? NoPCP

Fell on tailbone, stairs, 4 days ago, hurts sitting, when stand up, & laugh/cough; no bruising/swelling, heat helps cold doesnt; see Dr or wait? NoPCP

Coccyx: Ouch ! Tailbone trauma can really hurt. You might want to hold off a bit longer if there is no bruising or swelling before seeing the doctor. Take care. ...Read more

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Will ice pack help pain under chin?

Will ice pack help pain under chin?

Chin Pain: Ice usually helps alleviate most discomforts. However, if the pain does not go away i urge you to seek out a professional to find out the underlying problem. ...Read more