03 Jul Contusion Confusion
At Mend Clinic, many patients walk in with complaints of a contusion. Contusions occur when a blood vessel or capillary spills blood into the area below the skin. It’s a kind of hematoma, which describes any incident when there’s blood outside of a vessel. It sounds like a pretty serious condition, but it’s really just the medical term for a bruise. However, some contusions can look pretty nasty and be painful, so it’s always a good idea to be seen by a doctor.
When Bruises Get Worse
Easy bruising can also be the sign of underlying medical conditions, so be sure to tell your doctor if you feel like you bruise worse or more often than “normal.” There are also various types of bruises. Most of us consider a bruise a dark spot on the skin caused by trauma, but you can also bruise your bone. This is called a bone contusion and can take longer to heal than a skin contusion. Bones are created of blood vessels and tissue just like the rest of our body, and these blood vessels can leak blood. Bone contusions are usually caused by a car accident, serious sports injury, or a fall.
Bone contusions aren’t usually marked with discoloration. Instead, they often present swelling, stiffness, and tenderness. You might struggle using the affected area. Bone contusions can be tough to spot, even with an x-ray. For a diagnosis, the doctor will eliminate any other causes of the symptoms, including a fracture. In some cases, an MRI might be ordered to provide a better view (if possible) of the contusion. Bone contusions may require a temporary brace or increasing your consumption of vitamin D and calcium (essential for bone health).
However, most contusions aren’t in the bone and are part of a sprain or tendinitis. Most bruises will heal on their own with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (even without RICE, most bruises will eventually go away). However, you may be prescribed an anti-inflammatory medication like Advil to help with pain. If you have a troubling bruise or suspect a bone contusion, walk into Mend Clinic Urgent Care today and be seen faster and at a lower cost than your local ER.