View Full Version : Why is swelling so bad ?
08-16-2007, 01:15 AM
I hurt my right knee... it has been a bit swollen for the last week, and hotter than my other knee.
Why is the swelling bad ?
I am just wondering because, if it was so bad, then why does our body do it? to self destruct?
08-16-2007, 10:04 AM
I know im meant to rest it... I just want to know why I'm meant to try reduce swelling with anti-inflammatory drugs and ice... why is the swelling bad ? and if its bad why does our body do it ?
08-16-2007, 02:56 PM
This may not be 100% correct, but the way it has been explained to me is this.
Swelling is an accumulation of blood, white blood cells, & or water to help prevent farther damage to a stressed area of the body.
As for why anti inflammatory drugs & ice are used, well that I don't have a good answer for other than personal comfort. Personally I refuse to take any kinda prescription medication & even over the counter stuff, unless the pain or sickness is totally unbearable.
08-16-2007, 03:15 PM
You've made tiny ruptures in tissues causing fluid and blood to accumulate there. Too much swelling can cause further cell death.