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How long do bone bruises in the knee area usually take to heal?

How long do bone bruises in the knee area usually take to heal?

Highly variable time: The natural history of bone bruises within the knee has been the subject of ongoing study. Conflicting data exists suggesting that there really is extensive variability in the recovery timeline. Researchers are seeking to elucidate tell tale clues or factors that may one day help us better predict which bruises will resolve rapidly from those that may take an extended period of time. ...Read more

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Bruise (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are a discoloration and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the tissues. Pupura refers to bruising as the result of a disease condition. A very small bruise is called a petechia. These often appear as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could ...Read more


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How long should it take for a deep bone bruise of the knee to heal?

How long should it take for a deep bone bruise of the knee to heal?

Highly variable: Deep knee bruises (contusions) have a highly variable recovery timeframe. Not all bruises about the knee are the same. Important variables inlcude: actual location of bruise; level of impacting force applied to cause bruise; whether or not overlying articular cartilage is involved. Best diagnosed and followed by routine mri. Seek evaluation and treatment from your orthopaedic surgeon for your knee. ...Read more

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I have a small tear in my ACL which caused a severe bone bruise . Its been 2 months, can't lock out my knee, have pain...How much longer to heal?

I have a small tear in my ACL which caused a severe bone bruise . Its been 2 months, can't lock out my knee, have pain...How much longer to heal?

See ortho: You need to see an orthopedic doctor and perhaps get some physical therapy since this may cause problems with muscle contracture and atrophy. Make an appt now since permanent damage may already have occurred. ...Read more

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How long and how do you heal knee bone contusions? I have bruising on the patella, and the end of the femur. From an injury i suffered 2 yrs ago.

How long and how do you heal knee bone contusions? I have bruising on the patella, and the end of the femur. From an injury i suffered 2 yrs ago.

Usually 6-8 weeks: You are way outside the window for calling it due to a bone bruise--should be seen by an orthopedist for history, exam & likely new x-rays to see what is going on. It may be trying to tell you something. ...Read more

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I fell the other day and hurt my knee. I do think it's only a bone bruise bc I can bend it. There is swelling. How long for the swelling &treatments ?

I fell the other day and hurt my knee. I do think  it's only a bone bruise bc I can bend it. There is swelling. How long for the swelling &treatments ?

Several days: Bone bruises can take a few weeks to resolve. Rest and ice will help alleviate pain and swelling. You should consult an orthopedic specialist and have X rays just to make sure it is not fractured. ...Read more

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Left knee has a bone bruise. its 6 weeks after incident/MRI and still in pain. How much longer can i expect to recover until i can play sports etc.?

Left knee has a bone bruise. its 6 weeks after incident/MRI and still in pain. How much longer can i expect to recover until i can play sports etc.?

Rest it: The less you use it, the faster it will heal. This is one case where you should not "suck it up" and return to sports too early. Continued stress on a weakened bone can lead to displaced intra articular fracture and premature arthritis. Go with protected weight bearing until there is no more pain, then it should be fully healed. ...Read more

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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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Ecchymoses (Definition)

Ecchymoses is also known as Bruise. Ecchymoses are bruises. Bruises are purple or red collections of blood under the skin that appear after blood vessels in the skin break, causing the blood to spread through the tissues ...Read more


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