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how do you decide between a bruise and a deep tissue injury?

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Dr. Jeremy Porter
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Medical jargon: Very little difference. In assessing a patient, I'd ask about pain severity, location, and quality. History would supply facts about how the injury was sustained. I'd visualize and palpate the area. If there was trauma and now there is pain to touch, one can assume deep tissue injury. If there is also visual color change, there is bruising. There is rarely one without some degree of the other.

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