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kntckymm09 posted:
I recently suffered some trauma to my lower left leg following a wreck. I was told that some of the swelling could possibly be air under the skin. Is this possible in the legs? It happened 2 weeks ago and I'm still in a lot of pain. I just feel like something isnt right. Thank you.
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Mohiba K Tareen, MD responded:
Dear kntckymm09 ,

Swelling, medically referred to as "edema," is due to inflammation cells and body fluids that come to the site of an injury. These inflammation cells help fight infection and speed the healing process. However, too much edema can compromise healing of the wound - particulary in places such as the lower leg. Therefore, we suggest leg elevation to help the fluid drain back to the heart.

For my patients who are very swollen I recommend not only leg elevation throughout the day, but also sleeping with your leg on 2 pillows at night. Massage can also help move some of the fluid.

I hope that helps


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