Inflammatory response in a sprained ankle

Patient : I recently sprained my ankle and I know that immediate treatment is the RICE method(Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate). But resting is the only that makes sense to me. Icing and Compressing are used to reduce the inflammation and swelling and elevating would decrease blood supply to the injured area. The area swells so it can allow more blood and leukocytes to the area. Why wouldn't you want more blood to go to the injured area?
Doctor :    The localized inflammatory response after an injury is one of the body’s defense mechanisms; the blood is increased in in the affected area, bringing white blood cells necessary to heal the damage. The purpose of an inflammatory response is to contain, control and heal the injury. If the inflammatory response continues over a period of time, then the body may begin to harm itself. This is why the NSAIDs are prescribed (“Motrin”,”Aleve”) to control both: inflammation and pain.

Related Q&A

Q: How would I get help from a child phsychologist? What can they help with? My child has been acting up lately.

Q: My 8 year old has constipation. Muscle pain, dizziness, fatigue, and belly pain. Normal labs except high absolute n...

Q: I've been feeling like I'm going to pass out for the past 2-3 months now. I thought I might be anemic so I got my lab...

Q: I have a collection of red itchy bumps on my penis shaft. I believe it's friction burn but I'm not positive.

Q: I AM A 68 YEAR OLD MALE AND HAVE BEEN GIVEN CYCLOBENZAPRINE, 10 MG. FOR MUSCLE SPASMS IN MY SHOULDER AND UPPER BACK, ...

 


DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews