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Bone bruise caused by running

January 14th, 2016 | Posted by A. Jones in Skeletal Injuries - (Comments Off on Bone bruise caused by running)

Bone bruise is also known as bone contusions or sometimes bone swelling. The injury is similar to tissue bruises and fractures. The bruises can be due to injury or blunt trauma caused by forceful impact when playing sports and accidents. It can cause severe pain that can last for weeks or even months.


  • Sports bruises happen when the body comes in direct contact with hard surfaces, such as falling, bumping into the equipment of another player. Players should wear protective gear such as a helmet and shin guards in order to help lessen the impact on the bones.
  • Impacts caused by vehicular accidents, falling and slipping can result to a bone bruise.
  • Twisting accidents and sprains on the joints can cause a bruise bone, usually on the ankles and knees.


Bone bruise

Sports bruises happen when the body comes in direct contact with hard surfaces, such as falling, bumping into the equipment of another player.

  • A common symptom of bone bruise is swelling.
  • There is pain and stiffness after the injury and becomes severe after a day.


  • Stop running if there is a bruise. Cool down with a brisk walk going home or another way is to perform a 5-minute walk on the treadmill. Avoid running when there is pain in order to prevent making the condition worse.
  • Immediately apply an ice pack or ice wrapped in a thin cloth over the knee. If ice is not available, a bag of frozen vegetable can be placed on the affected knee at least 20 minutes every day as needed.
  • Elevate the affected knee on a soft chai, and place a pillow under the knee in order to help prevent hyperextension and provide cushion. Keep the knee above the level of the heart in order to help lessen any swelling.
  • Apply an elastic compression wrap if the affected knee is swollen. Start wrapping beneath the knee going upwards in a diagonal motion. Avoid wrapping it too tight. It should be supportive and snug in order to help increase blood circulation in the area.
  • Take 2-3 days of rest from the running routine for fast healing of the condition.
  • Massage the area using ice by rubbing it on the affected area at least 10 minutes every day. Wrap the ice cubes in a cloth or bag before applying on the affected area. Avoid applying the ice directly on the skin in order to prevent frostbite.
  • Wear a knee brace in order to help support and protect the bone found near the joint from becoming worse. The braces help to lessen pain and strengthen the affected area.
  • Take the prescribed anti-inflammatory medications in order to help lessen severe inflammation and pain such as ibuprofen.

Seek medical help immediately if swelling and pain cannot be minimized within a week.


Avoid running on hard surfaces in order to help prevent injuries on the knees for developing.


How to treat bone bruise in the ankle

December 26th, 2014 | Posted by A. Jones in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on How to treat bone bruise in the ankle)

A bruise is an injury to the tissue found below the skin. The injury to the affected area causes blood vessels to break and bleed into the layers of tissues found under the skin. A bruise causes discoloration of the skin such as the purplish-red color that changes to blue and turn yellowish-green before healing. Symptoms of a bruise include tenderness, swelling and pain.

There are three types of bruises – subcutaneous bruises that just happen beneath the skin, intramuscular bruises which involves the layers of the muscles and bone bruise which causes injury to the bone. A bone bruise takes longer time to heal and it is more painful than the other bruises.

What is a bone bruise?

Bone bruise

Apply ice massage to the affected area at least 5 minutes several times a day in order to minimize the swelling and pain and the start the healing process.

A bone bruise is also known as hematoma or contusion which is a common sports injury. Bruises happen in sports when the body makes contact with a hard surface like falling in the ground, some sports equipment or a bump by another person. The ribs are most susceptible to this injury caused by chest impact in playing contact sports. In order to prevent these kinds of injuries the players wear a protective gear such as shin guards and helmets that is suited for a particular sport.

Vehicular accidents can also cause high velocity impact to the body and the bones, and it is so strong that can cause a bone bruise. Bone bruise can also happen after falling into a hard surface such as slipping on ice and falling from a higher height will increase the risk of having this injury. Direct trauma to the body caused by other people or objects can also cause a bruise.

Some injuries to the body can be caused by traumatic twisting like joint sprains. The bruising will happen when the twisting joints will cause the affected bone found in the joints to bump with each other. The knees and ankles are the most susceptible to these forms of injuries.

Treatment of bone bruises in the ankle

  • Apply ice massage to the affected area at least 5 minutes several times a day in order to minimize the swelling and pain and the start the healing process. If you want to learn more about this treatment option, click here.
  • Use micro current therapy also known as micro current neuromuscular stimulation. It uses a small pulsating current or electricity to the body. The purpose of this micro current is to increase the production of ATP, exchange of ion, nutrients absorption, elimination of waste products, synthesis of proteins and oxygenation. All these processes are used for the fast healing recovery of the patient.
  • Avoid stress on the affected areas by wearing a brace.
  • Avoid tobacco and nicotine because nicotine will cause constriction of blood vessels which slows down the healing process.
  • Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin and ibuprofen in order to minimize pain and swelling
  • Be patient since it takes several months for a bone bruise to heal completely.
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