Check with your surgeon or doctor about swelling thatseems more than expected. Edema can be unpredictable following an injury or ailment of the arm or hand. It is normal to expect some edema initially following trauma, and it can potentially last weeks or months depending on the injury and the patient’s health.
A frustrating concept patients experience is that the swelling may be gone one day and back the next. Many patients relate that they have good movement when they go to bed, but then they wake the next morning stiff and swollen. This can be very normal. Edema can be part of a cycle that causes stiffness and limited mobility, or it can be the result of overuse or underuse of the hand or arm. One of the best things to decrease edema from injury or lack of use is active movement, which forces the contraction of muscles to move the fluid. This can be difficult due to the extra pressure and potential pain associated with the movement of the injured and swollen area.
Here are several treatments and options you can try:
If edema or swelling continues to be painful or unchanged following these modifications and treatments, seek further help from your doctor, hand surgeon, or specialized hand therapist for more evaluation of the source and options specific to in-person treatment.