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Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


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Can't lift my right shoulder above my head. Was told years ago that it's deep tissue bruising. Taking over the counter pain meds but nothing lasts lon?

Can't lift my right shoulder above my head. Was told years ago that it's deep tissue bruising. Taking over the counter pain meds but nothing lasts lon?

Rotator cuff: Tear might be the issue or at least damage to the tendon. I would see an Orthopaedic doc and have them eval further with exam, MRI and possibly cortisone injection. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a deep tissue bruise of the metatarsal?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a deep tissue bruise of the metatarsal?

Metatarsal is bone: Bone itself is not often referred to as tissue. A deep bruise of the bone is often related to bone marrow edema without any break in the cortex or outer shell of bone. A deep bruise of tissue is synonomous with a contusion. ...Read more

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I was told that I had a deep tissue bruise in my calf about 7 years ago. It feels pretty similar to a knot, no discoloration. Is this normal?

I was told that I had a deep tissue bruise in my calf about 7 years ago.  It feels pretty similar to a knot, no discoloration. Is this normal?

Bruise: Bruises don't last 7 years, and neither do hematomas (blood collections). More likely there is a tear in the muscle which scarred. An MRI is needed to evaluate for other problems as well to image the soft tissues. ...Read more

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29 yr old female, deep tissue aches in thighs & upper arms & blue-ish, purple bruises without injury, over a year.Mainly rite thigh. What could it be?

29 yr old female, deep tissue aches in thighs & upper arms & blue-ish, purple bruises without injury, over a year.Mainly rite thigh. What could it be?

Muscle problem: Chronic, unprovoked muscle pain associated with unexplained bruising could be a serious problem. There are certain medical conditions that can cause this and would need to be investigated by your physician. There are blood tests that can narrow down the likely causes. Myositis is an example of a condition where the muscles can be painful or weak. ...Read more

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What can I do for a deep thigh bruise?

What can I do for a deep thigh bruise?

RICE: You should start with rice as a home treatment. After 48-72 hours you may switch to heat (instead of ice). As your pain starts to subside you may add stretching as tolerated, and massage. Once pain is gone, then gently return to activity as your strength and flexibility may need time to recovery after the injury, and you don't want to further injure yourself by attempting to go "all out" to fast. ...Read more

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I was bitten by completely vaccinated dog, the wound is not deep and is surrounded by bruise, i put terramycin immediately after washing it, am i okay?

I was bitten by completely vaccinated dog, the wound is not deep and is surrounded by bruise, i put terramycin immediately after washing it, am i okay?

Need oral antibiotic: Bite wounds carry a lot of serious bacteria and risk infection. The wound should be cleaned and your tetanus updated and you need to be on antibiotics by mouth at least 7-10 days. Suggest you go be seen asap. ...Read more

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Deep bruise in arm- healing time?

Deep bruise in arm- healing time?

Days to weeks: These deep injuries depending on the trauma can take days to weeks to recover from especially if there was some bleeding that turned into black and blue's or clot ...Read more

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When you get a bruise can you injure skin or muscle tissue?

When you get a bruise can you injure skin or muscle tissue?

Yes...but: Most bruises reflect extravasated of blood in the surface of the skin. Very common in pts. >65 y/o, females, pts. On anticoagulants ( warfarin, aspirin, plavix, (clopidogrel) aggrenox, Pradaxa ), pts with low platelets (petechiae). Bruises depending on the location, number, color are of value in forensic medicine to help victims from physical abuse death or alive where obviously subcutaneous tissue is injured. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a deep red purple bruise comes and goes same spot and shape?

What does it mean when a deep red purple bruise comes and goes same spot and shape?

Small bleeder: You may have a small vessel that's been bleeding repeatedly. If it's a solitary bruise, it's not likely to mean much. If you're taking Aspirin products, that will contribute to the ease of bruising, but is not necessarily a reason to stop aspirin. If you think the bruise is originating from a deeper structure such as a lumpy place within muscle, and it persists, get checked out. ...Read more

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A few light brown small bruises after deep massage for back pain. Don't have bruises anywhere else. Ok?

A few light brown small bruises after deep massage for back pain. Don't have bruises anywhere else. Ok?

Bruises: It sounds like thr therapist was a little more agressive on your back. If there was a problem such as a bleeding disorder i would expect to see bruising all over. ...Read more

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Any types of bites that cause deep bruising? Bruise rather large. Idr getting. Scared of waiting too long and needing amp. How long do you wait n see?

Any types of bites that cause deep bruising? Bruise rather large. Idr getting. Scared of waiting too long and needing amp. How long do you wait n see?

Spider bite?: Spider bit may cause that and in fact often gets infected. If the problem is spreading , you may need an antibiotic or even removal of the dead tissue. See your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Woke up in the mid of night with deep bruise likepain on rightinner thigh..looked and sawsmall redpatch+20ish whitebumps andtwo✔️ lines fromboth ends ?

Woke up in the mid of night with deep bruise likepain on rightinner thigh..looked and sawsmall redpatch+20ish whitebumps andtwo✔️ lines fromboth ends
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Herpes Zoster : The chicken pox virus lives in the spinal nerve root area, and when active, can irritate the nerve and create a patch of dermatome skin as you describe. The pain could get worse. There are antiviral meds than help reduce impact. ...Read more

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How long can deep bone bruise take to heal?

How long can deep bone bruise take to heal?

Possibly weeks: A deep bone bruise can be thought of as almost a fracture. In some cases, they can take weeks to heal. If symptoms persist or remain concerning, return to your physician for re-evaluation. ...Read more

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Do deep bruises from sports injuries last forever?

Do deep bruises from sports injuries last forever?

Depends what type: Most contusions are minor and heal quickly, without taking the athlete needing to be removed from the game. But, severe contusions can cause deep tissue damage and can lead to complications and/or keep the athlete out of sports for months. ...Read more

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