Ice for Inflammation and Swelling

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If you have inflammation and joint pain, and you’ve just injured something, and it’s the first few hours, or perhaps you’ve been playing a sport and your shoulder’s tight, rather than pop a medication, consider ice. Ice is free and it can do a great job at decreasing inflammation and swelling. Ice, basically, at a local level, will do the same thing that nonsteroidals and other medications do throughout the body. It’s not necessarily the only answer, but consider ice to reduce that swelling. It can make a really big difference.

 

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Tibial Band Pain

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It’s called the tibial band, and it’s just that.  It’s a band that goes down on the outside of the leg.  It more or less goes from the hip all the way down to the feet in the way it works.  What happens is when the patellofemoral pain occurs in the knee, it can also aggravate what we call tibial pain in the side.  That pain is kind of an inflammation.  It can make you feel as if your knee is giving way, it can cause severe pain, and it can even go down into the feet and cause difficulty.  It’s obviously a concern that needs to be treated.  Stretching often helps. 

 

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Taking Tylenol

Taking Tylenol

Tylenol is an excellent medication that’s used for fever and for pain. It has definite advantages, but you just can’t keep taking Tylenol all the time because, like any other medication, there are side-effects associated with it. It’s very important that you understand that Tylenol, in and of itself, is one choice, but you want to look at what’s underlying problems, what is causing the difficulty before you just pop a pill.

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