Treating Bruises (Contusions)

A bruise, also called a contusion, is a common injury resulting from damage to the small blood vessels beneath the skin. When the blood leaks out and collects near the surface, the skin becomes discolored.

When to See a Doctor for a Bruise

Most bruises are minor. If you’ve bumped into something and have a bruise, you probably don’t need medical treatment. Your body will naturally heal and reabsorb the blood.

However, you should talk to a doctor if your bruise doesn’t improve after two weeks, or if you often bruise easily or without an explanation. Bruises can also accompany other injuries that do require treatment, such as sprains and broken bones. In these cases, your medical provider can give you directions for how to alleviate swelling and bruising as part of your treatment.

Physicians Immediate Care can help by treating your bruises and the underlying causes. Appointments and walk-ins are accepted at more than 50 locations. Find your location here.