Cold compression therapy

What is Cold compression therapy?

Cold compression therapy involves keeping ice packs or cold packs to the affected area. It is usually used in acute closed injuries to reduce the pain and swelling in the affected area.

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Hi, a few days ago while injecting meth, I clearly missed the vein in my arm... (slightly above the elbow). Over the next day, it became red and severely swollen... worse than I recall ever experiencing. I have been putting warm compress on it as well as preparation H as an anti-inflamatory... but wondering if I should be doing anything else or see a doctor?

doctor1 MD

Hi,

Thanks for posting your query.

I am sorry that you suffered the injury. Preparation H is anti-hemorrhoidal medicine. It helps in constricting the blood vessels. I do not know how it helps in your current situation.

You could rather try cold compresses instead of hot one, as cold compresses...

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I am having shoulder pain while smashing in badminton ..I had a hook of hamate exicission 4 months back and I am not playing for atleast 5-6 months but whenever I plays I am having sever pain in my shoulder ...
I took rest for 1 month and countinued to play but still that pain is there .. what I need to do is it a rotoe cuff injury or muscle injury why it is recurring

doctor1 MD

Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
From the symptoms that you have described, it seems to be Rotator cuff tendonitis or shoulder impingement syndrome which causes irritation and inflammation of the rotator cuff and the bursa when doing overhead activity and hence pain.
This is commonly found...

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I bruised my shine about a month ago and a lump has persisted. Today I noticed severe discoloration in the area and some tingling that has moved into my ankle are. The leg with the bruise was also injuired in my teens and required to be drained. Help.

doctor1 MD

Hi,

Thanks for the query.

The raised area of a bruise is caused due to blood leaking from these injured blood vessels into the tissues as well as from the body's response to the injury.

When it first appears, a bruise will be reddish looking, later, the reddish color from the blood undergoes a...

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Fell this AM going down the stairs. Have large grapefruit size bruise right butt cheek. Had negative sacrum coccyx xrays but have had severe "deep" rectal pain all day cannot sit on bottom even with "donut". Should I be concerned? ??

doctor1 MD

Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The large grapefruit size bruise is likely to be due to a hematoma formation in the area.
Since the bony injuries have been ruled out, a soft tissue injury is likely. You need to avoid massaging the area and take a mild pain killer for relief. Avoid sitting...

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I fell off a horse in August , broke tail bone, and sore hip, seems to get better, but yesterday I lifted a rage XXXXXXX and now today I feel pressure in left but cheek, and pressure when I poop, I have a an ulcer in my mouth dentist says it will go away in a week or so, also head ake.

doctor1 MD

Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The feeling of pressure and pain after lifting a large XXXXXXX is likely to be due to a soft tissue injury. The pressure you are feeling is likely to be due to an internal hematoma.
For diagnosis it is important to get an x-ray and a MRI scan of the area...

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I sprain my left ankle 5 days ago , can I still ice it to reduce the swelling . The x-ray shows a hair fracture , I'm schedule to see an orthopedic sometime next week. With the holiday this week, I need some professional advice.

doctor1 MD

Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
After a sudden cramp on the foot, appearance of pain, swelling with skin color changes, tenderness, etc are all indicative of hematoma formation either due to a soft tissue injury or due to a hairline fracture.
Since you have a hairline fracture, a cast...

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My 10 year old fell and hit his elbow now there is a big knot but its soft? Is that fluid and what should I do?

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doctor1 MD

Hi,

Thank you for your query.

Though you have provided a good image but the following information would help me in giving you a definite response:
1. How long back did the injury occur?
2. How long after the injury was the swelling noted?
3. Is the swelling increasing?
4. Is the swelling painful?...

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I rolled my foot yesterday and today saw dr. I have a boot to immobilize it, too hot for a cast. I forgot to ask my dr if I should wear it at night. I'm on nonweightbearing, xrays showed no breakage. Foot extremely swollen and heard it snap when I rolled it coming down stairs. Putting ice 15 mins on 1hour off.... Also wondering if i can use the cooling system that runs water from cooler over the foot. I Tore ligaments and had surgery 9 years ago same ankle with impingement Very similar except foot more swollen this time and much more painful. Giving it a week then check back next week to see if need MRI .

doctor1 MD

Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
If your X-rays show no bone damage then most likely you have suffered a soft tissue injury. X-rays are very sensitive for picking up any fracture and MRI is one of the best tests for ruling out and identifying soft tissue injuries in the area of fall. Injury...

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I am 58. I have had slight pain over the years, which has developed in my shoulder, both front and back, over a number of years. I think it probably is a rotator cuff problem, as I aggravate it by carrying an object or pick up my grandson who is over 20 lbs. The pain is very slight, but nearly always present. And, in the past couple of weeks, I have noticed that I also have a slight pain in my armpit, with perhaps a slight swelling. I can't feel any lumps, but the pain is all on the same side.

doctor1 MD

Hello,

Thanks for posting your query.

From the symptoms that you have described, it seems to be Rotator cuff tendonitis or shoulder impingement syndrome which causes irritation and inflammation of the rotator cuff and the bursa when doing overhead activity and hence pain.

Usually, there is enough...

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Hello, i slipped on wet concrete about 20 minutes ago. Within minutes i had a pool of blood under the skin. I have it elevated and a cold compress on it but the pain is severe. The swelling went down only a bit over the last few minutes but the pain remains the same. Is there something else i can do?

doctor1 MD

Dear Friend.
Welcome to Healthcaremagic.
Hi, I am Dr Anshul Varshney , I have read your query in detail , I understand your concern.
There might be local bruises due to injury.
In case swelling, redness, movement pain is there, you should get an Xray of the area to rule out any possibility of...

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Recent questions on  Cold compression therapy

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Hello, i slipped on wet concrete about 20 minutes ago. Within minutes i had a pool of blood under the skin. I have it elevated and a cold compress on it but the pain is severe. The swelling went down only a bit over the last few minutes but the pain remains the same. Is there something else i can do?

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My son who just turned 12 was accidentally punched in his left eye by his 5 yr old cousin. His eye was hurting for a bit but I put a warm cloth on it. He said his head was hurting & his left temple is a little swollen. What could be the cause of this?

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Hit my finger against a cabinrt this morning. At first a grape size bump came up at bottom of left middle finger on top of hand. It seemed to be getting better as morning went on (I applied ice), but I m at work and use keyboard a lot, and now bump is quite large, not golf ball size, but larger than earlier.

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My daughter was leaning down to pet a puppy and he head butted her in the nose . Initially there was no bleeding or swelling . The morning after she woke up and it was a little swollen. Today it was still swollen but also congested. After getting the swelling down using a cold compress I noticed a small white dot that almost looks like hard snot but it will not come out. I do not think it s broken as there is no bruising or redness but I m not quite sure what to make of the spot right inside her left nostril . Any insight would be greatly appreciated

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Knocked my knuckle slightly which bled a little, next day very swollen joint which is very painful, cannot bend, it's now two days and more swollen?

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I fell over a hard plastic box in the carpeted lounge & hit my left shin about 6 ins from ankle area. I had severe neuropathic type pain in the area & it was very bad for approx. 10 mins of crying with pain. I have had peripheral neuropathy from a...

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hi. i just came in from the cold and my ears are swelling and burning up. what id the cause of this and is it permanent?

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