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Hand Therapy Unit: Control of Oedema

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Swelling or oedema is fluid that can collect around your injury and make it painful and hard to move.

It is important to keep swelling down to a minimum, this should be done by elevating your arm as much as possible so that your fingers are at, or above, shoulder height and if comfortable keep
the fingers bending and straightening.

It is better not to wear your sling constantly, as this will make your shoulder and elbow stiff.

Remember to do your exercises
If your hand should become blue, cold and very swollen it is important that you contact the Hand Therapy Unit or the Accident and Emergency Department immediately.

If you have any questions or problems please do not hesitate in contacting the department on (01908 995411) or ask your Hand Therapist at your next appointment.