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Color Palette of Pain: Different Types of Bruises and What They Mean

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Muscle Contusions Subcutaneous Bruises and Intramuscular Bruises – Overview and Treatment

Muscle contusions, subcutaneous bruises, and intramuscular bruises are different types of bruises that affect various layers of tissue beneath the skin. Muscle contusions occur when a direct blow or trauma damages the muscle fibers, leading to pain, swelling, and discoloration. Subcutaneous bruises are bruises that form just beneath the skin’s surface, typically resulting from minor injuries or pressure. Intramuscular bruises, on the other hand, occur deeper within the muscle tissue and may require medical attention, especially if they lead to significant pain, restricted movement, or other concerning symptoms. Treatment for these types of bruises usually involves rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE), pain management, and sometimes physical therapy to aid in recovery.

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