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Methods for Healing a Contusion

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Avoid using a steak as a remedy.

I’m not always the most spatially aware individual. What I mean by that is that I sometimes collide with unmoving objects such as walls, doors, and counters. It happens inexplicably. Occasionally, when I move too swiftly or impact myself at an odd angle, I end up with a painful bruise as a consequence. Bruises can be uncomfortable, especially if they hinder your mobility, but fortunately, they are not overly difficult to manage.

If you or a loved one has a bruise, you can follow a four-step approach to treat it known as the RICE Method. “RICE” is an abbreviation for Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate.

Initially, if feasible, allow the affected area to rest. For instance, if the bruise is on your leg, attempt to minimize walking. Next, alleviate the discomfort by applying an ice pack or a cold pack encased in a paper towel to the area. Leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes, and repeat several times throughout the day if necessary. Thirdly, if swelling occurs, apply a compression bandage to help reduce it. Ensure the bandage is not too tight, just providing a mild amount of pressure. Lastly, depending on the location of the injury, attempt to elevate it.

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As long as the skin is not lacerated and bleeding, you probably won’t need to apply any type of bandage or adhesive. For severe pain, an over-the-counter pain reliever can be beneficial. The pain and bruising should diminish within a few days, but if the swelling persists significantly along with considerable pain, it might be advisable to consult a physician.

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