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Can you bruise your spine?

Can you bruise your spine?

Yes, I am sure.: If you have a fall or have been in accident. ...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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What does it mean if my spine feels bruised?

What does it mean if my spine feels bruised?

Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes of back pain that feels like it is up and down the spinal column. A detailed exam and perhaps an MRI will usually determine the cause. Potential causes can include multi level degenerative disc disease, muscle spasm, or multiple level facet arthritis thy to name a few. There are also inflammatory conditions that affect the spine such as ankylosing spondylitis. ...Read more

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If my spine is bruised how long does it take to heal?

If my spine is bruised how long does it take to heal?

Depends on what: Is bruised. If your vertebral bone is actually bruised, it might take up to 3 months. But if it just muscle, much less. Speak with your doctor, or othopedic specialist, for more precise prognosis. ...Read more

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Why does my spine feels like its bruised every time I touch or with massage?

Why does my spine feels like its bruised every time I touch or with massage?

Pain to touch: This is usually the sign of a bruise, spasm, or tendinitis. Pain to the touch is not likely nerve related. It is most likely muscular as massage or touch compresses the sore muscles. Rest, ice, nsaid's, and salonpas hot patches (capsacian patches) are good. Change your posture. You may need mckenzie pt to help you through this. Md prescription necessary. ...Read more

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What can I do if my spine is always bruised. Does anyone know what might cause this?

What can I do if my spine is always bruised. Does anyone know what might cause this?

See below: I don't understand what you mean by "bruised" this term refers to internal tissue bleeding and swelling and usually occurs from a traumatic event. We call it a contusion or hematoma. Have an evaluation by your medical physician good luck thank you. ...Read more

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I fell down steps backwards. Have huge bruise on one side of butt. That's ok but the base of my spine is very painfull. Should I be concerned.?

I fell down steps backwards. Have huge bruise on one side of butt. That's ok but the base of my spine is very painfull. Should I be concerned.?

Probably not: Mild falls can create a bruise, but you will rarely have a fracture. If you are taking certain blood thinning medications or if your pain/bruising worsens, you should see your family practice physician. ...Read more

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In the middle of my spine it hurts. It feels like a bruise but I know I haven't hurt myself. It's been like that for over 1month. What could it b? Thx

In the middle of my spine it hurts. It feels like a bruise but I know I haven't hurt myself. It's been like that for over 1month. What could it b? Thx

Varies: There are a number of possibilities. If it seems superficial and tender it could be a trigger point, which is felt to be an inflammatory condition or it could be a sebaceous or inclusion cyst; if it seems deeper, it could be a disc problem in your back. I would not hesitate to be seen if it does not improve. ...Read more

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Bruises on spine, should I be concerned?

Bruises on spine, should I be concerned?

Yes as without any -: Specific injury to cause the bruising, you might have some other cause for them or some meds that you might be taking (like aspirin) which can also cause them as well.
See your doctor. ...Read more

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What can cause bruise-like spots on my spine?

What can cause bruise-like spots on my spine?

U mean on the skin -: Over the back of your spine or on the spine itself??
Are these spots been described by a radiologist on your spine Xrays, CT or MRI scan report?? ...Read more

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Bruising and pain on low spine cones an go's?

Bruising and pain on low spine cones an go's?

Bruising may be due:: To number of meds you might be on, eg Aspirin & blood thinners (coumadin, plavix). The pain might be due to a arthritis or a pinched nerve in the back. Get yourself seen by your doc to have a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Why does my spine click and feel bruised? What could be wrong?

Spine degeneration: Most patients with clicking/grinding sensations in the spine, along with pain such as a bruised feeling, simply have spinal degeneration, which refers to aging changes in the spine (i.e. Wearing out of discs, mild disc bulging, minor bone spurs, etc) - some doctors call this arthritis. The cornerstones of treatment are increased activity, regular exercise, weight loss, smoking cessation, diet. ...Read more

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Unusual bruising on spine. Have literally done nothing to cause a bruise. It just started hurting and a bruise appeared!

Unusual bruising on spine. Have literally done nothing to cause a bruise. It just started hurting and a bruise appeared!

Bruise: At your age it's still most likely that you bumped or struck the area and just didn't realize it, causing the bruise. Alternatively, it could be a bug bite or, even more rare, this could be a sign of an underlying bleeding disorder. For now I would give it time and conservative treatment, but if symptoms persist or worsen then see a physician. ...Read more

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My daughter has had what looks like a bruise on her spine for 2 months now. It's not discolored like a bruise, but its squishy when you touch it.?

My daughter has had what looks like a bruise on her spine for 2 months now. It's not discolored like a bruise, but its squishy when you touch it.?

Hemangioma?: You don't say how old your daughter is. If she is an infant, she may be developing one of the many types of hemangiomas, which are collections of blood vessels under the skin. There are different types - some are bright red, and some are not even really all that discolored but give that "squishy" sensation. They usually enlarge over first year of life. If she's older, then see doctor for diagnosis ...Read more

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Why do I have bruises down my spine for no reason?

Why do I have bruises down my spine for no reason?

Posture?: The most common reason that I see skin discoloration over the spinous processes (the superficial bumps that you can feel on the spine) is from chronic pressure on the skin. This occurs from sitting in chairs with poor posture, essentially bruising the skin between the hard chair and the bone underneath. This would be an unusual presentation of a serious problem, but an md eval would be advised. ...Read more

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I have bruising on spine from car accident, should I be concerned?

I have bruising on spine from car accident, should I be concerned?

Unlikely: Unless you have severe persistent pain in the region, it most likely represents only soft tissue trauma. ...Read more

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What could be causing scaly circular bruises right along the spine?

What could be causing scaly circular bruises right along the spine?

Need more info: It is impossible to tell you for sure without being able to visualize the skin lesions. Have a dermatologist take a look. ...Read more

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My toddler has a bruise on his mid to lower spine. Should I be concerned?

My toddler has a bruise on his mid to lower spine. Should I be concerned?

Yes: You have to be concerned why toddler got the bruise, for any child abuse from baby sitter etc, is ideal to be seen by a pediatrician. ...Read more

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My 2 year old gets bruises down her spine here and there is this something to worry about??

My 2 year old gets bruises down her spine here and there is this something to worry about??

Observation: 2 yr old with "bruises down spine". It is common to see minor bruises in this age group especially in areas that receive trauma related to play such as the extremities and even over the spine. Areas that are not exposed to trauma with normal play, e.g. neck, abdomen, chest, etc. Can suggest abuse or blood disorders. See your doctor if bruises do not resolve or you notice excessive wound bleeding. ...Read more

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Half way down my spine it feels bruised but I don't see any bruise been hurting for a couple of days now?

Half way down my spine it feels bruised but I don't see any bruise been hurting for a couple of days now?

Spine pain: Likely some irritation to para spinal muscle. I would try ibuprofen for a few days. If this does not improve in a few days get checked. ...Read more

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Why might I have pain in a couple spots right on my spine that feels like bruises with no sign of bruising.?

Muscle trigger point: These are likely muscle spasm trigger points...Pain specialists work a lot with these problems. ...Read more

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My son is 2yrs old and he keeps getting bruises along his spine they will go away then come back what can be causeing this?

My son is 2yrs old and he keeps getting bruises along his spine they will go away then come back what can be causeing this?

Probably Normal: Normal activity can cause this. If you look carefully, he bangs his back against many things, many times per day. If there is no bruising elsewhere do not worry. ...Read more

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I have 2 small dry patches of skin on my spine that look like brown bruises. They don't hurt or anything, what could this be?

I have 2 small dry patches of skin on my spine that look like brown bruises. They don't hurt or anything, what could this be?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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It was really sudden, the pain happened right away. Didn't do anything. But it's by my neck on spine. Feels like bruise and it hurts badly. Any idea?

It was really sudden, the pain happened right away. Didn't do anything. But it's by my neck on spine. Feels like bruise and it hurts badly. Any idea?

Spine: Without a history of trauma, neck pain can be caused by poor posture, a bad disc in the spine, or an irritated nerve in the neck. See your doctor if this pain lasts greater than 2 weeks. ...Read more

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I noticed bruising on my 2-year-olds spine yesterday. She has other normal bumps and bruises from being active. At what point should I be concerned?

Depends: I'm not sure what setting your two year old is in, but bruises tend to be on the extremities and in easily banged up areas. If you notice central bruising or bruising that has a suspicious pattern or location (i.e. Shaped like a belt, or hand, or cigarette burn) those are obviously reasons to be concerned. However, if there was a history of innocent trauma, that may explain other bruises. ...Read more

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Had my back popped last night causing me pain. I woke up this morning with a red mark on my spine, not a bruise. What is this? Is this something I sho

Had my back popped last night causing me pain. I woke up this morning with a red mark on my spine, not a bruise. What is this? Is this something I sho

May be bleeding: Even though you feel it is not a bruise it still could be due to bleeding from the trauma of popping your back. If it does not resolve you should see your physician to be sure it is not something else ...Read more

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I have pain in one disc of my spine that feels almost bruised to touch, mildly aches when I move and have not injured myself recently, what couldit be?

I have pain in one disc of my spine that feels almost bruised to touch, mildly aches when I move and have not injured myself recently, what couldit be?

Muscle spasm: The lumbar disks are about five inches deep inside the body and on the other side of muscles, bone, the spinal cord and spinal nerves. It is not possible to feel the disks through the skin, even in a very thin emaciated person. You may be feeling a "knot" in the muscle, or maybe a bony prominence like the spinous process, but it's not a piece of disk! ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

Bruising = a contusion with ...Read more