Edema is the medical term for swelling. It is a general response of the body to injury or inflammation. Edema can be isolated to a small area or affect the entire body. Medications, infections, pregnancy, and many medical problems can cause edema. Edema results whenever small blood vessels become "leaky" and release fluid into nearby tissues. The extra fluid accumulates, causing the tissue to swell.

Symptoms of Edema/Swelling

It is important to seek a healthcare provider if you have any of these following symptoms:

  • Swelling of tissue.
  • Pain when pressing on area.
  • Skin retention decreases.

Causes of Edema/Swelling

Some causes of edema/swelling include:

  • Infection.
  • Torn ligament.
  • Torn Tendon.
  • Sprains.
  • Strains.
  • Torn muscle.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Medication.
  • Being sedentary for too long.

Treatment of Edema/Swelling

Edema and swelling can get progressively worse if untreated, it is important to treat them via:

  • Medication (consult a doctor).
  • Raising limb higher than heart.
  • Chemotherapy (consult a doctor).
  • Radiation (consult a doctor).
  • Physiotherapy.
  • Massage therapy
  • Chiropractic rehabilitation
  • Acupuncture.

Preventing Edema/Swelling

Some preventative measures include:

  • Limit salt intake.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Have avid sleep.
  • Avoid dirty areas when you have an open wound.
  • Ensure proper warmup and cooldown.
  • If your body is feeling pain when doing movements, take a break.
  • Stop smoking.


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