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Can You Bruise Your Spine
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
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
For 2 months-spot on spine right around bra line hurts as if there is a bruise when touched. Lean forward, lay down on it or sit against it, it hurts?
Injury?: Well you may have injured this area. If so the soft tissues take cavelike to heal give it a week or so and see if resolved
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.
Unlikely: Unless you have severe persistent pain in the region, it most likely represents only soft tissue trauma.
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.
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.