cold will reduce swelling if used early.... if you have reduced sensation or mobility below it you should see dr for it. Biggest risks are compartment syndrome because excessive swelling causes drastic reduction in circulation in the area and blood clots from the congealed blood. The clots can go to lungs, heart or brain. Dr can recommend best medication for clots (if any is needed).
The thing with the clots is that they can occur days or weeks after initial injury. pay special attention to any shortness of breath, heart palpitations or chest pressure or sudden dizziness or changes in your mental status. Blood clots, or emboli, often mimic symptoms associated with heart attacks and strokes, basically because the clot creates a heart attack or stroke when it gets stuck in the circulatory system in the heart or brain. In the lung it creates a blockage in the blood supply a system so even though the lungs are able to absorb oxygen normally they have a reduced ability to transfer it into the circulatory system.
Folks often don't understand the risks of emboli and I have (unfortunately) seen some tragic results from them. I don't live life in a bubble for fear of getting bumps and bruises, but I do know to not ignore odd symptoms after the fact.
it had ice on it with about 10 minutes,,,It doesn't seem to be to bad, my main concern is it is right over a previous surgery scar for fibrous dysplasia..
i am no stranger to doing stupid things that result in injury...but I do admit to treating myself when I shouldn't
will have to wait and see what it looks like tomorrow
basically I walked into the trailer hitch, just for a tractor....only I am short and it hits above the knee....I feel really stupid
Edited by wingstone - 5/27/15 at 9:56am