The decision about when to address swelling is simple- if any swelling is present, it is a top priority. If swelling is present, it has to go away ASAP. In its presence, very little matters. Why, because swelling changes everything all the way down to a cellular/chemical level.
Other than acute pain and poor breathing, swelling is the priority. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Regardless of the timing, if swelling is present, it has to be moved very high on the “ to do” list, and more importantly YOU have to have the Critical Thinking and Manual Skill Set to resolve it immediately. Don’t believe what any snake-oil sales man says; no band, cup, or tape will make it go away. YOU and YOUR skills are the only tools that can actively and effectively complete that task. There is a time and a place for all that ”fluff” but YOU are the real instrument and what YOU actively do should take precedence.