According to Nose Creek Physical Therapy, an elasticated bandage should never be worn to bed because it can cut off circulation. Anti-inflammatory medications and elevation can assist an injured individual during this stage of the injury.
When used correctly, compression wraps can be used to reduce swelling and lessen healing time. Elastic bandages are inexpensive, easy to locate in stores and can be wrapped and rewrapped at home for most effectiveness. For more severe injuries, a splint or half-cast can be worn over a compression wrap to further isolate the injury from movement. If an individual experiences tingling at the site of the injury or cold skin and loss of feeling, the bandage should be removed immediately.