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How long should I wait to return to baseball after a deep bone bruise in wrist?

How long should I wait to return to baseball after a deep bone bruise in wrist?

Gradually return...: You may work your way back as your swelling/ pain decreases, you regain full motion, & strength. Also, expect that returning to certain activities may be more difficult than others. Part of this will be based on whether you have injured your dominant/non-dominant wrist & your position. If you have persistent symptoms, consider additional imaging, such as an mri, to r/o soft tissue injury. Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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I got hit in the outer left wrist with a 90 mph fastball no fracture it could be a bone bruise. How long should I wait until returning to baseball?

I got hit in the outer left wrist with a 90 mph fastball no fracture it could be a bone bruise. How long should I wait until returning to baseball?

Gradual return...: Work your way back into baseball as your swelling/ pain decreases &you regain full motion/ strength. You may also expect that returning to certain activities may be more difficult than others. Part of this will be based on whether you have injured your dominant/ non-dominant wrist & your position. With any persistent symptoms consider additional imaging, such as an mri, to r/o soft tissue inj. Read more

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How long does it take for a deep bone bruise in the hand take to heal?

How long does it take for a deep bone bruise in the hand take to heal?

2-4 weeks: It takes awhile for these types of contusions to heel completely...About 2-4 weeks. Read more

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4 years ago- bad bone bruise and sprain of hand (Between thumb and first finger).Since then, if I use it a lot (writing)pain returns. What could it be?

4 years ago- bad bone bruise and sprain of hand (Between thumb and first finger).Since then, if I use it a lot (writing)pain returns. What could it be?

Rehabilitate: If you didn't properly rehabilitate the bone and joint then it's possible that you are left with long-standing pain. However if you start exercising the area again then it's quite likely that the pain will permanently disappear. Read more

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I fell on my hand last February, and was diagnosed with scaphoid bone bruise. X-ray was inconclusive. I had hand therapy and improved somewhat, but am having worsening pain at the base of my thumb on the palmar side (not the snuff box). It is a deep ache,

I fell on my hand last February, and was diagnosed with scaphoid bone bruise. X-ray was inconclusive. I had hand therapy and improved somewhat, but am having worsening pain at the base of my thumb on the palmar side (not the snuff box). It is a deep ache,

Repeat x-ray: I would recommend reevaluation with another x-ray -- this late type of pain after a remote injury can indicate damage to articular cartilage in the wrist in a number of different areas like the articulation between the the thumb metacarpal bone and another wrist bone called the trapezium -- repeat evaluation by an orthopedist specializing in hand is indicated Read more

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I recently snapped my bone in my arm, nerve got trapped and is badly bruised got a wrist drop how long for the nerve to repair?

I recently snapped my bone in my arm, nerve got trapped and is badly bruised got a wrist drop how long for the nerve to repair?

See a physiatrist: If the nerve is trapped (and not severed), it will take several months for it to return to normal. Physician therapy may help to maintain the integrity of the muscles in that arm during the recovery period Read more

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I fell going up the stairs 2 days ago. It swell, bruised, and my wrist bone popped out. The swelling has gone away. What does this mean?

I fell going up the stairs 2 days ago. It swell, bruised, and my wrist bone popped out. The swelling has gone away. What does this mean?

Concern for fracture: Following on an outstretched wrist is the most common mechanism for fracture of the scaphoid bone. If initial swelling has resolved but you are still having pain, x-rays are suggested. It is important not to miss this fracture early. Long-term problems can develop with an occult scaphoid fracture. Read more

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Wrist pain, small bruises on each side. Pain when turning, grabbing and lifting. Pain shoots up arm like a hit "funny bone". Minimal swelling. Why?

Wrist pain, small bruises on each side. Pain when turning, grabbing and lifting. Pain shoots up arm like a hit "funny bone". Minimal swelling. Why?

Ulnar impaction: You might be born with a long ulna. When you move your wrist towards the little finger or load it you bump the wrist into the ulna. You should see a hand surgeon for an exam and x-rays. Read more

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Left ball like wrist bone swollen and bruised. Pain up the left side forearm. Could it be fractured or just a sprain?

Left ball like wrist bone swollen and bruised. Pain up the left side forearm. Could it be fractured or just a sprain?

See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. Read more

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Fell on the knuckle side of my hand the bone above my thumb is sore. Wrist and hand all bruised fingers are swelling bruising gone up my arm 5 days now?

Fell on the knuckle side of my hand the bone above my thumb is sore. Wrist and hand all bruised fingers are swelling bruising gone up my arm 5 days now?

Need evaluation: This could be a wrist fracture that needs treatment. You need to see a doctor and have xrays to rule out a fracture. Additional tests MAY be required. In the meantime, elevate the hand above your heart to help reduce swelling and gently move your hand and wrist to prevent stiffness. Get this evaluated NOW. Read more

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Is subchondral edematous contusion a bone bruise?

Is subchondral edematous contusion a bone bruise?

Yes: A bone bruise is actually a stress fracture. The inner trabeculae of the bone actually break. The healing of the stress fracture conincides with symptom resolution. Read more

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What can I do to treat a finger bone bruise?

What can I do to treat a finger bone bruise?

Bone bruise: Improve swelling with ice and elevation and nsaids. Most importantly is to work on range of motion to prevent stiffness as a long term complication. Read more

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How long does it take for a bone bruise in the ribs to heal?

How long does it take for a bone bruise in the ribs to heal?

6 to 8 weeks: Most rib injuries are fractures. Rib "bruises" are most likely fractures in which the ends fit together so well they can't be seen on xray. In most people, rib fractures heal completely in 6-8 weeks. Read more

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I suffered what I thought was a deep tibia bone bruise 2 months ago and now I have multiple hard lumps I can move up and down the whole tibia bone.

I suffered what I thought was a deep tibia bone bruise 2 months ago and now I have multiple hard lumps I can move up and down the whole tibia bone.

Varies: When you do sustain a "bone bruise" it can affect the periosteum, which is the lining of the bone. This can result in extra bone formation and the lumps you are describing. I would not hesitate to be seen and possibly have some further studies. Read more

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How do doctors normally treat a bone bruise in a child? Plus, can you get a bone bruise without falling and how? My daugther runs in cross-country.

How do doctors normally treat a bone bruise in a child? Plus, can you get a bone bruise without falling and how? My daugther runs in cross-country.

Bruise = patience: A bone bruise is like a scuff mark in a tree's bark. Bone has sensory endings in the layer around the bones surface like the bark of a tree. If you hit it, the blow can trigger the pain receptors & sometimes a reaction at the bones surface. A bump may form with some calcium buildup. A direct or glancing blow can trigger the event. Over time it will heal on its own. Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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