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A 16-year-old female asked:

I had a bruise 2 months ago, caused by falling down the stairs. it was painful, and there was numbness and swelling. now the numbness is still there.

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Collins
Dr. Donald Collinsanswered
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Could take a while: Numbness over an area of injury is caused by damage to the small nerves that supply sensation to the skin. This can take a few months to resolve, in some cases it can be permanent . Hope you feel better!
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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
Recovery slow/never?: Once peripheral nerve fibers (cell bodies at/in spinal cord) are damaged/interrupted, they usually attempt to regrow, slowly, maximum rate typically about 1 mm/day. However, if tissue disruption has blocked original path, they may not/never regrow fully. Without the previous fibers & changed sensory signals to your spinal cord & brain, a sense of numbness may persist, sometimes permanently.
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Last updated Oct 4, 2017

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