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Applying an ice pack on a swollen or inflamed area can considerably reduce the pain and swelling. It reduces the blood flow to the ice applied area, thus reducing the inflammation reaction. It also temporarily reduces the nerve activity in that area, which also reduces the pain felt by you.

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My son is having severe pain after punching the wall with his fist. Is it a fracture?

Query: Hi doctor, My 14 year old son punched a wall with his fist, and it resulted in an immediate swelling of a knuckle. I applied an ice pack immediately for 20 minutes, which decreased the swelling to some extent. The color of the skin has also slightly changed. He is complaining of severe throbbing pai...  Read Full »

Dr. Jeremy David O' Kennedy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sorry to hear about your son's injury. The clinical photograph that you provided (attachment removed to protect patient identity) shows some evidence of soft tissue injury and a small hematoma (a small collection of blood beneath the dermis) in the soft tissue overlying...  Read Full »

I sprained my ankle five hours ago, it hurts. I tried ice and fast gel. What can be done to recover faster?

Query: Hello doctor,I sprained my ankle five hours ago. It swallowed and hurts. I treated it with fasted gel and ice. I need to recover faster. Should I do something else? Kindly guide.  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Do not apply any ointment, just apply ice twice daily for five more days. You need to take the following medicines, 1. Tablet. Ibuprofen (Hypromellose, Sodium Starch Glycollate) 400 mg twice a day for 10 days after foo...  Read Full »

Why do my thighs hurt after doing heavy work and walking?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having intense pain in my thighs for the past two days. It happened after doing heavy work and walking for two days. I noticed some marks in both my legs, and I also have neck pain. Kindly help.   Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hello,Welcome to can understand your concern.Walking too much suddenly can cause pain, especially when you are not used to it. It would help if you slowly increase the pace and distance of walking over weeks. The red rash on your legs are due to vasculitis. In your case, it is exercise...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for a bug bite?

Query: Hello doctor, A bug had bitten me on my right leg three days ago. The site of the bite has become red, swollen, and I could notice some discharge. It is not getting better. Kindly help.   Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to the picture provided here (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity), the affected area has become inflamed and swollen, and the color of the affected area has changed to red. I suggest you wash th...  Read Full »

Please suggest an orthosis for knee pain due to injury.

Query: Hi doctor, I have some sort of knee injury. I got this injury accidentally when I did twisting on a treadmill. It hurts a lot when I twist the knee during sleep. I tried applying Capsaicin gel, used a stretch bandage and it gets reduced when I keep the knee in a pillow. But it makes me hard to slee...  Read Full »

Dr. Maddika Sivasankarreddy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have a history of twisting injury with pain and swelling in the right knee. You can have a ligamentous or meniscus injury or contusion in the knee. Please mention some more information about the incident, do you have any instability while climbing the stairs, do you...  Read Full »

I am getting pain in the middle of my chest on sudden movement. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am getting pain in the middle of my chest when I put pressure on it such as while sleeping when I suddenly wake up or turn around. Why?  Read Full »

Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Costochondritis is the most common cause of sternum pain. It occurs when the cartilage between the sternum and ribs becomes inflamed and irritated. Try the following methods. 1. Ice pack to your chest. 2. You can take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like Ibuprof...  Read Full »

Fall during skating caused knee injury with pain and stretching difficulty. What could be the problem?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter went ice skating last month and she fell a few times but she was able to stand up and skate again. The next day, saw bruises on her legs especially the knee area but that disappeared after a few days. She mentioned that she still feels some pain but she can walk, move arou...  Read Full »

Dr. Yada Bhanutej

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If she is able to walk putting her full weight, she might not have a major fracture. But I want to ask you a few more questions to come to a conclusion. Is there any swelling around the knee now? Is there any history of massaging it every time she fell? Is she able t...  Read Full »

How can I manage the swelling on my ankle after jogging?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21-year-old male. Before a month, I started jogging. But before three days ago, I saw my ankles with swelling. During the usual time, it does not hurt. But when I sit for a long time and after that when I start to walk, I have the pain. What can I do now for swelling?  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I think you need to look at the shoes that you are wearing. You also need to look at the jogging track where you run. Take a break from jogging. Let the pain and swelling subside. Ice the area, and take anti-inflammatory tablets. Restart jogging and note any recurrence....  Read Full »

Is buddy taping sufficient to fix my right fifth metacarpal fracture?

Query: Hello doctor, I sustained an injury recently and I had an X-ray. The X-ray shows I have an intraarticular fracture of the right fifth metacarpal with significant ulnar displacement for consideration of ORIF. I went to my local hospital and they did a CT scan. They sent me home and said to wait for t...  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You need to take RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) treatment. Rest with buddy strapping with length achievement and plaster slab application. Ice application twice daily before the slab. You need a compression bandage. Keep the limb elevated as much as possibl...  Read Full »

I cannot kneel as my knee hurts. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I fell on a cement sidewalk about two months ago, and my knee is still bruised. Although it does not hurt while doing normal activities, it hurts tremendously when I kneel or when I accidentally brush my knee against anything. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You described that the pain gets worse on kneeling (direct pressure), which means two or three things: Following the fall, you may have either have had a bone bruise, which is still tender to touch. A subperiosteal hematoma, which can be quite tender. Or you may have ...  Read Full »

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