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Home :: Buttock Contusion

Buttock Contusion

Bruising of skin and underlying tissues of the buttock caused by a direct blow. Contusions cause bleeding from ruptured small capillaries that allow blood to infiltrate muscles, tendons, nerves or other soft tissue.

BODY PARTS INVOLVED

  • Buttocks.
  • Skin, subcutaneous tissue, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels (both large vessels and capillaries), periosteum (the outside lining of bone), muscles and connective tissue.

Causes

Direct blow to the buttock, usually by a blunt object.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Swelling and a hard lump in the injured buttock-either superficial or deep.
  • Pain and tenderness in the buttock.
  • Feeling of firmness when pressure is exerted on the buttock.
  • Discoloration unclear the skin, beginning with redness and progressing to the characteristic "black and blue" bruise.

Treatment

Follow your doctor's instructions. These instructions are supplemental.

  • Continue Ice massage. Fill a large Styrofoam cup with water and freeze. Tear a small amount of foam from the top so ice protrudes. Massage firmly Over the injured area in a circle about the size of the softball. Do this for 15 minutes at a time 3 or 4 times a day, and before workouts or competition.
  • After 48 hours, apply heat instead of ice if it feel better. Use heat lamps, hot soaks, hot showers , heating pads, or heat liniments or ointments.
  • Take whirlpool treatments, If available.
  • Protect the injured area with pads or an elasticized bandage wrap between treatments.
  • Massage gently and often to provide comfort and decrease swelling.

Home Diet

Eat a well-balanced diet that includes extra protein, such as meat, fish, poultry, cheese, milk and eggs. Increase fiber and fluid intake to prevent constipation that may result from decreased activity.

Prevention
  • Wear protective equipment such as hip pads, when appropriate.
  • Build adequate muscle strength and achieve good coordination prior to exercise, athletic practice or competition.

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