What is a bone bruise?

Imagine going for a run in the park, feeling strong and confident, when suddenly you trip on something hidden beneath the grass. Before hitting the ground, you instinctively put your hand out to break your fall. But as soon as your palm touches the earth, pain shoots up from your wrist into your brain like lightning bolts.

This type of injury is called a bone bruise, and although it may not be too serious compared to other injuries, that doesn’t mean it is any less painful or annoying.

So what exactly happens when you get a bone bruise? And how can you treat it and prevent further injuries? Let’s dive deep into this topic with our humorous lenses on.

The Lowdown on Bone Bruises

Before we go any further (brace yourself!), let’s first establish what exactly bones are made of so we can understand why they bruise. Bones are living tissue that contain blood vessels and nerves encased in collagen-rich matrix (ground substance). When there is an external force applied onto bones –take falling for example– these structures don’t allow much room for swelling or deformation; thus resulting in microfractures – this damage causes bones’ thin layer covering blood vessels (microvessels) leading to small bleeds within them- yes microscopic bleeds! This leads us right where we need to be: understanding what bruises really are!

Bruising occurs when local tissues experience some sort of traumatic impact–like falling off a scooter or colliding elbows during basketball game giving fresh meaning to “sportsmanship” –which damages tiny blood vessels within muscle fiber layers close under the skin surface which results in escape of red cells contained by these veins causing discoloration; sometimes seen rarely but evident enough at times- both swelling around affected body parts together & pounding sensation often occur alongside purple hues before gradually healing away weeks later.

Similarities between Bone Bruises and Normal Bruises

Bone bruises are similar to regular bruises, but the difference is that they occur deeper within your bone. The body’s response to bleeding in either type of bruise brings out white blood cells along with platelets for inflammation which can cause further damage as these inflammatory responses get amplified over time.

In some cases, bone bruises may appear right away after an injury, but often times just like a creeper vine climbing up on walls – this type of trauma needs its sweet time…

Symptoms of a Bone Bruise (watch out!)

_Pay attention here-)

There are some common signs and symptoms you should look for if you suspect that you have a bone bruise:

  1. Pain: It can be more intense than typical soreness or achiness.

  2. Swelling: You may notice swelling around the affected joint or area.

  3. Stiffness: It might feel hard to move the affected joint or even use it at all.

  4. Discoloration & Tenderness – microbleeds lead tissue/hematoma formation from leaking RBCs under skin surface giving characteristically tender and blue/purple colors

Why Can Bone Bruises Take So Long To Heal?

(real talk)

Healing times between people can definitely vary depending upon other coexisting factors such as age , pre-existing health issues, stress levels etc., but bones take longer comparatively because they’re highly vascularized (meaning lots of little vessels/nerves parts inside). Think about trying to flush a large volume water out from thousands tiny hoses; not easy right? Plus considering function demands placed on our precious skeletons makes the process even slower– especially since no two injuries are created equal! The severity multiplier comes into play in such scenarios where there’ll always be variations ranging from mild discolouration accompanied by bumps elsewhere due impacts vs full-blown fractures causing severe pains too painful walk or move about quickly.

Diagnosing Bone Bruises

(don’t be scared!)

Your doctor will likely start by doing a physical exam to see if there is swelling, discoloration or tenderness & possibly order an X-ray to visualize any obvious damage. Then you might be put through additional tests such as MRI which display soft tissue parts like blood vessels and nerves otherwise not visible on X-rays revealing more detailed extent of damage.

Remember -better safe than sorry!

Can You Prevent Bone Bruises?

(yes you can!!)

There are many things that you can do to prevent bone bruises. Some simple tips include:

  1. Wearing protective gear: Depending upon the type of sport / activity engaged, using pads or guards for vulnerable body areas may save a whole lot from excruciating suffering caused due minor injuries – this is essential especially in contact sports events.

  2. Avoiding falls: This one might seem obvious but tripping up over unseen obstacles happens plan ahead.

  3. Aside note : Keep your bones healthy! Exercising regularly-More lube for those shafts- Eating well-balanced diet-full high in calcium and vitamin D that work together helping bones grow stronger plus reducing risk of fractures too!

Treating Your Bone Bruise until it Hurts No More

Oh no! It’s happened—you’ve acquire yourself new piece art right under skin’s surface reflected with various shades white red blue & purple What should be done now?! Don’t worry because relief can happen (hopefully sooner rather than later).

Here are some treatment options :

Rest –
This generally involves avoiding weight bearing/pressures at all costs which help minimize pain levels; sometimes using crutches/similar supports could provide assistance towards movement continuation while the injury heals.

Ice –
To alleviate swelling post fresh traumatic event apply cold compression immediately after before inflammation starts getting worse –recommended maximum duration of 20 minutes at a time with breaks taken in between

Compression –
Medical compression products applied using braces, wraps , sleeves or even scotch tapes (!)

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Please note that some injuries require greater care than these above listed options- it is always best to consult your doctor when determining the appropriate course of action.

(Take Home Note)

Bone bruises may not be serious if diagnosed and treated promptly – but can turn up becoming long standing issues without guidance from medical professionals. Avoid rough physical activities wherever possible; put protective equipment on/surrounding yourself particularly during organised sports games as well outdoor exploration . And remember: taking little extra care today, means better chances living fully tomorrow!

Wrapping Up

We hope that you’ve found this article both informative and entertaining (as we promised earlier) enough to keep your attention upon preventing bone bruises from occurring or ensuring early recoveries after sustained blows land while working hard playing harder.

Stay safe, people!

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