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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Why the ice?

Dear Nurse Dave,
Why do people ice their ankles after a sprain and is there anyway you can connect the answer to Syllvester Stallone?
Robert, Hackettstown, NJ

Well the answer is pretty simple really. The ice is used to reduce swelling and pain. The cooling action of the ice actually constricts the tiny blood vessels providing blood to the ankle. Therefore less fluid is able to get out into the ankle and fewer parts of the inflammation cascade can actually occur. This reduction in swelling comforts the ankle and reduces pain. In Cliffhanger Stallone also uses ice to take care of a problem that is bothering him. But instead of using it to soothe a swollen joint, Stallone impales a guy through the chest with a giant icicle.

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