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Bone Bruise

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a bone bruise?

A bone bruise, or contusion, is an injury to your 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 or cartilage 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, ankle, forearm, and wrist. 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 healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and check the injured area. Tell your provider what happened when you were injured. Tell him or her when the pain started and how bad it is. Describe any other symptoms, such as stiffness or trouble moving the area.

How is a bone bruise managed?

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

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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