What To Do When A Joint Bleed Occurs

cropped-main_slide1.jpgIn the event of a bleed, begin treatment as quickly as possible as instructed by your doctor.

In addition to treatment prescribed by your doctor, it may be helpful to follow R.I.C.E. guidelines to help with pain and swelling.

R.I.C.E. is a popular first-aid term for the combination of Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation:

Rest:
To make sure that there is no weight or stress put on the affected joint, stop all activity involving that joint until treatment is completed and the bleed appears to be resolving.

Ice:
Apply ice to the affected joint for about 20 minutes. Make sure there is a barrier (cloth or pad) between the ice and skin to prevent ice burn.

Compression:
Apply pressure around the joint by wrapping an elastic bandage around it Don’t wrap too tightly, though-it could cut off circulation of blood completely!

Elevation:
Prop the joint up so that it is higher than the heart. This will help the blood flow away from the joint, which will reduce swelling.