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Repetitive Motion Injuries (cont.)

Self-Care at Home

  • Home care for a painful or swollen joint should include elevation and not moving it until your doctor can be contacted.
  • Ice can also be used for relief of pain and swelling.
    • Most authorities recommend icing two to three times a day for 20-30 minutes each time.
    • Wrap ice or a bag of frozen vegetables in a towel and place it on the area.
  • If your shoulder is involved, you should not keep it immobile for more than 24-48 hours because your shoulder may become frozen and have decreased range of motion.
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