What is a severe bone contusion?

A bone contusion (bone bruise) is a relatively common injury to a bone that is less severe than a bone fracture, resulting in injury to the bone on a microscopic level, without a discreet or visible fracture line on xray or advanced imaging such as MRI or CT scan.

What is a bad contusion?

A hematoma is a bad bruise. It happens when an injury causes blood to collect and pool under the skin. The pooling blood gives the skin a spongy, rubbery, lumpy feel. A hematoma usually is not a cause for concern.

How do they fix a bone contusion?

How is a bone bruise treated?

  1. Resting the bone or joint.
  2. Applying ice to the area several times a day.
  3. Raising the injury above the level of your heart to reduce swelling.
  4. Taking medicine to reduce pain and swelling.
  5. Wearing a brace or other device to limit movement, if needed.

How long does it take for a severe bone contusion to heal?

Most bone bruises slowly heal over 2 to 4 months. A larger bone bruise may take longer to heal. You may not be able to return to sports activities for weeks or months. If your symptoms don’t go away, your healthcare provider may order an MRI.

Do you have to have surgery for a contusion?

A contusion is a bruise. You treat a contusion injury with rest, ice, compression and elevation. Severe contusions are treated with physical therapy, physical assistance and surgery.

Is a bone contusion a fracture?

A bone contusion, or bone bruise, happens when you have a small injury on the surface of a bone. The discoloration appears as blood and other fluids build up. A fracture, on the other hand, involves damage to a deeper area of bone.

Are bone contusions permanent?

Complications. It is possible, in the case of a severe bone bruise, for the bone to be permanently damaged. If the area is very large, your body may struggle to heal the area completely. A lack of proper blood flow for too long may lead to avascular necrosis of the bone, which means that part of the bone dies.