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How long does a bone bruise last?

How long does a bone bruise last?

Recovery: The recovery for an injury varies by patient, severity, desired level of activity, and the specific muscle that has been injured. Rest ice compression elevation for the injury will aid in the recovery process. If you fail to improve, seeing an orthopaedic specialist may be required. ...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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Can someone tell me how long will my bone bruise last?

Can someone tell me how long will my bone bruise last?

Weeks: Bone bruises should resolve within 4 - 8 weeks, depending on the individual. If symptoms persist you may need repeat imaging done for reassessment. ...Read more

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How long for a bone bruise to heal?

How long for a bone bruise to heal?

Days to weeks: 10 days to 4 weeks depending on severity of injury. ...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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How long dows it take for a bone bruise to heal?

How long dows it take for a bone bruise to heal?

Recovery: The recovery for an injury varies by patient, severity, desired level of activity, and the specific muscle that has been injured. Rest ice compression elevation for the injury will aid in the recovery process. If you fail to improve, seeing an orthopaedic specialist may be required. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a bone bruise to heal?

How long is it supposed to it take for a bone bruise to heal?

Healing: A bone bruise is actually bleeding into the bone. You will not see it on xray, but will on an mri. Bone bruises can take days to months to heal. I have seen some cases last months and some days the patient has pain and other days they don't. ...Read more

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What is a bone bruise and how long do they take to heal?

What is a bone bruise and how long do they take to heal?

Bone Bruise: Bone bruises are compression injuries. They can occur from falls, sports injuries and accidents. Bone bruises can be very painful and they often take weeks to several months to heal. As the injury needs time to heal, individuals with a bone bruise must cope with the discomfort during this time. ...Read more

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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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How long does it take for a scaphoid bone bruise to heal?

How long does it take for a scaphoid bone bruise to heal?

Depends: It really depends on the severity of the injury to the scaphoid but I would say at least 4-6 weeks with supportive brace and rest as much as possible. ...Read more

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How long can a bone bruise on the calcaneous take to heel?

How long can a bone bruise on the calcaneous take to heel?

Healing your Heel.: Healing could take anywhere from several weeks to several months. The variability of time is based in part on the location and severity of the bruise. The extent to as how well you will follow the prescribed course of treatment is also a consideration. ...Read more

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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

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I have a "severe bone bruise" of the metacarpals and was placed in a cast they dr said they would call back for follow-up how long will wear this cast?

I have a "severe bone bruise" of the metacarpals and was placed in a cast they dr said they would call back for follow-up how long will wear this cast?

If the bone: Is not broken, generally the will leave the splint or cast on for 1-2 weeks. If there is a fracture, usually the cast stays on for 4-6 weeks. At your next doctor visit, they will probably take another Xray to make sure there was not a small fracture that didn't show up on the first Xray. Hope this helps! ...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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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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I have a bone bruise on the base of my foot (1st metatarsal confirmed by bone scan) how long will it take to heal?

I have a bone bruise on the base of my foot (1st metatarsal confirmed by bone scan) how long will it take to heal?

Hard to say: Bone contusions can be treated in a variety of fashions depending on location, symptoms, etc. Usually, we will treat these with a cast boot to immobilize and rest the foot, ice, antiinflammatories and limited standing/walking. In severe cases, non weightbearing (crutches) may be needed. Follow the instructions of your foot care physician. Dr. L. ...Read more

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How long does it take for bone bruise around knee to heal? Should you avoid playing sports on it within the days following injury?

How long does it take for bone bruise around knee to heal? Should you avoid playing sports on it within the days following injury?

Weeks: A bone bruise can take several weeks, up to 6 - 8 weeks to heal. I would avoid sports for 1 - 2 weeks, then gradually resume, and back off again if symptoms return. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long for bone bruise to heal? Been 9 mo. Mri after 3 mo. Was pretty bad but showed no tears. Can walk and do elliptical, but flares up sometimes

How long for bone bruise to heal? Been 9 mo. Mri after 3 mo. Was pretty bad but showed no tears. Can walk and do elliptical, but flares up sometimes

Bone bruise: It takes a long time for bone bruises to heal. I would talk to your doctor about getting an xray or MRI to rule out a stress fracture. ...Read more

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5 wks ago bone bruise to talus & ligament damage. Get electrical shock feel down right underside of big toe when pressured. Cause & how long to heal?

5 wks ago bone bruise to talus & ligament damage. Get electrical shock feel down right underside of big toe when pressured. Cause & how long to heal?

LOTS TO GUESS: I have to guess a lot, b/c the info is sparse. Bone bruise and ligament damage=at least moderate degree of trauma. Ligaments affected-inside ankle bone ligaments? -deltoids. Tingling-maybe the tibial nerve was temporarily damaged. ...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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In a short arm cast that covers three of my fingers for a server bone bruise othro hasn't given answer for how long to expect to wear it thoughts??

In a short arm cast that covers three of my fingers for a server bone bruise othro hasn't given answer for how long to expect to wear it thoughts??

Weeks not Months: A "bone bruise" is actually a collection of blood under the periosteum (fibrous "wrapping" of the bone) and since the circulation is not great it take a longer time to resorb the blood than an ordinary bruise. The fact that a cast was applied suggests that there also may be a tiny fracture (called "avulsion fracture") along with the bruise. 6-8 weeks is the usual number given for complete healing ...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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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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Cuboid antero-medial margin focal Bone bruise -oblique nondisplaced fissure fracture, spring ligament & cfl grade 2 sprain. Hw long to heal? Overweight

A primary healing: Usually takes 6 weeks, and then it continues to mold and get more strength. It also depends upon your overall health and immunity state. And your calcium and bone mineral state.

Add calcium to your diet and increase water.

Wish you good luck. ...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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Bruising (Definition)

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