To deal with excessive, acute inflammation, you also need to ice the area. This helps to constrict blood vessels (shrinking them) and will thereby reduce the number of fluids traveling to the area. It also triggers chemical reactions – increasing your natural production of adrenaline and other stress hormones which actually suppress inflammation.
Finally, ice also has the ability to numb the area, thereby providing some immediate pain relief that will give you respite from the discomfort. If you are feeling especially brave, then you can even try taking an ice bath. This is a technique used by many athletes that are undergoing recovery.