Eli5 why do they say to force blood away from a swollen area?

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If swelling is a natural thing, why do we wear compression socks, elevate our swollen feet, and put them in ice? Doesnt the blood being there allow the body to cure the area?

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Because swelling is what nature thinks is best for us. It’s a built-in immobilization mechanism.

In a vacuum, it’s pretty effective.

But we have more resources available to us. Stuff like bandages and ice packs and heating pads… We can selectively immobilize an injury and treat it in a number of different ways that still allow for semi-normal functioning and most importantly, faster recovery than doing nothing and letting nature run its course.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Because swelling is what nature thinks is best for us. It’s a built-in immobilization mechanism.

In a vacuum, it’s pretty effective.

But we have more resources available to us. Stuff like bandages and ice packs and heating pads… We can selectively immobilize an injury and treat it in a number of different ways that still allow for semi-normal functioning and most importantly, faster recovery than doing nothing and letting nature run its course.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Because swelling is what nature thinks is best for us. It’s a built-in immobilization mechanism.

In a vacuum, it’s pretty effective.

But we have more resources available to us. Stuff like bandages and ice packs and heating pads… We can selectively immobilize an injury and treat it in a number of different ways that still allow for semi-normal functioning and most importantly, faster recovery than doing nothing and letting nature run its course.

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This depends on the situation, swelling is the bodies natural response to help our bodies stop itself from hurting itself more while also helping to promote healing. The body can also go too far and swell up so much that it does unnecessary damage to your tissues, or aggravate other injuries.

Anonymous 0 Comments

This depends on the situation, swelling is the bodies natural response to help our bodies stop itself from hurting itself more while also helping to promote healing. The body can also go too far and swell up so much that it does unnecessary damage to your tissues, or aggravate other injuries.

Anonymous 0 Comments

This depends on the situation, swelling is the bodies natural response to help our bodies stop itself from hurting itself more while also helping to promote healing. The body can also go too far and swell up so much that it does unnecessary damage to your tissues, or aggravate other injuries.

Anonymous 0 Comments

When blood initially floods in it is a good thing. Think of it like a natural way to call in soldiers on a battlefield with explosive vests. They blow themselves up as well as the invaders and might cause some collateral damage. If your body wins, then there’s a clean up crew that handles the mess, and gives the ‘all clear’, the soldiers leave. The swelling goes down.

This all happens in a matter of hours.

But what if the soldiers don’t win? Or they’re pushed into a stale mate? The bacteria is gaining more soldiers and spreading their toxin, the injured area is filling up with casualties and forming what’s called pus. The swelling gets so bad that blood circulation is hampered.

The whole limb could die.

This is what doctors want to avoid. So they give you antibiotics to help clear the infection faster, drain pus from the injury if needed, and elevate the area to relieve swelling so your tissues don’t get starved of oxygen while the fighting continues. 🙂