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Treatments For Bruises

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons agrees that bruises are a result of a direct blow or repeated blows on the body. There may be superficial bruises or severe ones that may have more than damage to the underlying tissues and blood vessels but also adjoining structures as well. It is important therefore for a physician to examine the person right away to determine the most appropriate treatment as soon as possible.

There are many treatments for bruises and each one may reduce, clear up and heal bruises entirely. Here are some popular treatments.

1     Doing a gentle stretch is what medical experts suggest; stretching the underlying muscles reduces the pain, any bleeding and of course inflammation. Avoid excessive bending and moving of the affected area of the body and as advised, gentle stretches are necessary for a speedy recovery and reduction of the bruise.

2     Cold therapy is considered first aid for any type of bruise. Cold constricts the blood vessels and reduces inflammation and pain as well. An ice pack or an old towel may be applied directly on the bruise for about 20 minutes. Cold compresses may be repeated as needed.

3     Using bruise cream is one of the ways to effectively reduce and heal the bruises. Applied Vitamin K Cream and massage with slight pressure on affected areas would help the blood circulation, and with the normal lymphatic process it will disappear.  You need to do this several times a day when bruising occurs, it may take few days until it disappears.

4     Over the counter medication for pain and inflammation may also be taken to reduce bruises. Popular brands include Advil, Motrin and Aleve; these pain medications are generally safe but must be taken on a full stomach. A prescription medication for pain may be given if you have an underlying illness, your doctor can basically help you out.

5     Large bruises and hematomas may be advised for drainage. This is usually done if there is no improvement after other treatment measures are done. Drainage is usually done by using a needle to aspirate accumulated fluid and this in turn decreases swelling, reduces pain and helps return full range of motion on the affected part.