One thing that a person has to deal with right after an injury is how to effectively reduce swelling.
Swelling is the body’s way of responding to an injury and is considered to be a good sign. This is actually the initial manifestation of healing. There is only one reason why you want to reduce swelling, to decrease the pain.
Many people who sustain injuries do not know how to ease the pain associated with swelling.You don’t have to be a doctor to know how to deal with an injury. You can reduce swelling by simply following these very simple, tried and tested methods.
The first thing you want to do when you feel the pain from injury is refrain from moving the area in a strenuous manner. If you are still able to walk, get some ice and apply the cold compress to the affected, inflamed body part. If you are not alone, get someone to assist you. What the ice does is constrict the blood vessels. This causes less blood flow to the area thus reducing the swelling. Don’t use ice directly on the skin. You can use an ice pack, cold pack or place ice in a towel. Icing the swollen area for 15 minutes at a time every two hours is the best way to do this. The practice of using warm compresses after an injury, only applies after the swelling has been reduced. Cold compress is the most appropriate method to use immediately after the injury.
Another important method that you can use to reduce swelling is to elevate the area when inflammation is present. You can prop up the swollen body part using pillows or with the use of a sling. You may need to do this for a few hours, depending on the severity of the injury. Elevating and icing the region lessens blood flow to the affected area.
While it is true that you should not move around too much after an injury, you still have to allow movement with the injured and swollen area. Mild stretching can help the healing process, but perform once it becomes tolerable to move. This will help get the flexibility back once had in the injured body part.
What you can do to hasten the healing process and reduce swelling effectively is to observe the area for and evaluate each method that works best. Another important aspect in the healing process is medication. There are lots of over-the-counter drugs that can help you ease the pain and the swelling. Naproxen, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen are the most common ones.
If pain and swelling persists it is always best to consult a physician to get the specific diagnosis and treatment for the injury.