As a human being, we are bound to injure ourselves either intentionally or unintentionally. Sometimes those resulting injuries can be serious and other times they don’t leave a major impact on our body. Bruising is one such injury that might not sound so severe but it’s important to understand its long term impacts on our health.
Do you know if you can bruise your chest bone? Let’s find out!
What Is A Bruise?
A bruise is where the tiny blood vessels beneath the skin break open and cause bleeding into the surrounding tissues. These can occur from an injury or even just bumping into something hard, like when I walk into doors or walls.
Bruises typically begin as dark red spots which then evolve over time in color – usually greenish-yellowish hues- by getting oxidized (damn science!), till they eventually fade away completely after some days or weeks.
However, there’s more to bruises than what meets the eye (and your skin), so let’s get down to talking about chest bone bruising.
So Can Your Chest Bone Be Bruised?
The short answer: Yes! It turns out that unsurprisingly enough, any part of our bodies with bones under them is prone to developing bruises – which includes all areas near joints and soft tissue connections too.
So does this mean that even our delicate chests are susceptible? Sadly yes…such a fragile organ capable of containing something as tough & squishy as your lungs deserves better than us treating it carelessly while running around playing Pokemon Go (seriously though stop doing this!).
Chest bone bruises happen when direct force hits the breastbone aka sternum, transitioning through sensitive internal organs located behind it inhaled/exhaled air included (remember high school biology guys). This results in deep inflammation causing excruciating pain & swelling – making simple tasks like breathing particularly strenuous.
What Causes Chest Bone Bruising?
A chest bone bruise typically occurs as a consequence of:
- Collisions during contact sports such as football, hockey or rugby.
- Falling down awkwardly (which include adults too contrary to popular kid culture beliefs)
- Car accidents
- Prolonged rough physical activity like intense workouts
Your body has amazing reflexes that protect your vital organs and ribs by making them move away from the direct impact. However, there are times where it fails to do so effectively resulting in internal trauma leading to inflammation aka bruising.
So if you experience any kind of chest pain after encountering an injury – beware! You might be dealing with something more serious than just feeling throbbing hurt for a little while!
Symptoms Of Chest Bone Bruising
The symptoms of chest bone bruises can vary according to the severity of the injury, however here are some potential signs that indicate one might have experienced one:
- Difficulty Breathing – because every breath counts!
- Swelling & tenderness around sternum area – this also makes hugging people or receiving bear hugs totally impossible
- Pain in surrounding areas like rib cage which worsens upon touch/deep inhales,
- Weakness & fatigue accompanied by feverish feeling
- Unnatural sounds coming from your respiratory system (eww)
If you notice these indicators then it’s best not to delay seeking professional medical help since as mentioned before delicate portions like our chests deserve better care especially when they’re hiding important things like our lungs.
Diagnosing A Chest Bone Bruise
Proper diagnosis is crucial in order for patients to get treated properly without further complicating matters due negligent ignorance which often leads people into dangerous zones while treating themselves at home portraying them on reality TV shows during peak lockdown eras!
Some ways through which doctors diagnose chest bone bruising include :
Physical exams performed by your health provider involve checking for the presence of signs like tenderness or inflammation around the chest bone areas. After reviewing test results (like X-rays) which reveal medical images that help them assess how severe the injury is they provide a conclusive diagnosis
Imaging tests such as MRI scans, CT scans, etc. are among other options doctors may consider to detect any internal trauma.
Treating Chest Bone Bruises
Nursing wounds subsequent hail making yourself comfortable can work for some injuries but not all issues should be treated with lazy self-treatment methods unless you’re really sure what’s going on (which most often us humans don‘t).
Chest bone bruises require proper care and attention so that it doesn’t result in scarring which could lead to more delicate problems down the road.
Some common steps recommended by doctors include:
Ice Compresses & Pain relief Medications
Treating bruising effectively means reducing swelling/inflammation to manage pain-related symptoms – over-the-counter medications known as NSAIDs aid this by helping reduce both inflammation and physical pain while icing fragile sporting moments provides localized numbing action!
Reduction of Strenuous Activities
It’s important to put daily responsibilities aside for at least several days whilst seeking medical assistance during recovery procedures otherwise activities like running marathons could worsen any damage done thus extending healing time.
Following doctor’s advice regarding rest periods also prevents developing further complications/discomfort linked with chest bonesuch as lung infections due to prolong exposure from coughing incessantly
Prevention Of Chest Bone Bruising
With an allergic reaction towards anaesthesia one day I had my own mix-up where my feet ended up moving independently from my brain resulting in fractures after bumping into walls repeatedly… needless today that poor coordination skills must be avoided wherever possible! By trying to avoid unecessary injuries we might just dodge ourselves into serious harm especially when dealing with sensitive areas like the chest.
There are preventative measures you can take to minimize as well as reduce damage from accidents that could cause a chest bone bruise, including:
Wear Proper Safety Gear While Playing Sports
Before trying out any sports activity, ensure you wear appropriate safety gear such as helmets, mouthguards etc., to protect your body while active.
Be Cautious During Everyday Activities/Physical Exertion
Pay attention during activities and stay in control of movement instead of being careless resulting which often result in trips or falls causing injury.
Bruising is never something we want but sometimes it’s inevitable especially for those living life fully risking their youth towards extreme sports and adrenaline rushes (ask my dad he used his bike to jump over cars at 60!). However just because bruises are common doesn’t make them harmless – taking proper care using doctor recommended methods will give us the peace-of-mind necessary and avoid exacerbating any further health-related problems involving areas like our chests.
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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