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Bone Bruise in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is a bone bruise?

A bone bruise is an injury to your child's bone that is not a fracture. A bone bruise happens when the bone gets several small cracks. Blood and fluid collect just under the cracks. Ligaments near the bone bruise are also commonly damaged. A bone bruise can happen in any bone but usually happens in bones just under the skin. The most common areas are the knee and ankle. A bone bruise may take a few weeks or months to heal.

What are the signs and symptoms of a bone bruise?

How is a bone bruise diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will ask about your child's symptoms and check the injured area. The provider will need to know what happened when your child was injured. Have your child explain when the pain started and how bad it is. Your child should also describe any other symptoms, such as stiffness or trouble moving the area. MRI pictures may show the bone bruise. Other injuries may also show up in the pictures. Do not let your child enter the MRI room with anything metal. Metal can cause serious injury. Tell the healthcare provider if your child has any metal in or on his or her body. Your child's healthcare provider may also use x-ray pictures to check for a fracture.

How is a bone bruise managed?

A bone bruise does not need to be treated. It will heal on its own as your child's body grows new bone. The following can help you manage your child's bone bruise until it heals:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my child's healthcare provider?

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