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how high to elevate

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tina joy

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0h dear more questions.... I have a borrowed recliner chair. If the footrest is up and my knees are level with my waist is that considered elevated or ought they to be higher with pillows under them and how long do we keep the ice on during the first few days at home Thank you Tina :pzld::pzld:
 

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for swelling the ideal is above chest (heart) level if I remember correctly. However comfort is another factor. It should not put you in a strain or cause pain. You are using gravity to help fluids flow from your knee/leg area. Standing or sitting flat footed tend to keep fluids in your leg. Do not turn elevating into torture or exercise.

The ice should also be done as much as possible without discomfort pain or tissue injury. I think the machines do a very nice job.

Bill
 

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In order to get the best results from elevating, the leg needs to be above the heart. I used a recliner, too---I just put a few more pillows under my legs to get the required elevation.

Tim C.
 
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