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The joints tend to get stiff after they have been kept immobilized in a cast for a few weeks.Stiffness causes pain as well.
Some amount of swelling also occurs because the muscles have not been working and the muscles are unable to pump blood back to the heart. This causes stasis leading to swelling.
The best way to overcome stiffness and swelling after castor mobilization is to provide warmth to the joints and tissues by putting the hand in warm water.You may also get wax bath at a physiotherapy facility. Wax bath is more effective than warm water alone.
You may do this every hour for 10 to 15 minutes. If it's painful you may also use an analgesic like advil.
Warmth tends to soften the tissues making them more elastic and allowing increase in range of motion.
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