Bumps & Bruises

Did you know that a cut and a bruise are essentially the same thing? A cut occurs at the surface of the body, and a bruise occurs below the surface. The black and blue color of a bruise is the result of blood clots forming under the skin.

It’s sometimes difficult to know when to see a doctor for a bump or bruise so follow these guidelines:

See a doctor in cases when there is:

  • Injury is greater than ½ inch around
  • Bleeding
  • Excessive pain
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Dislocated or broken bones
  • Paralysis

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