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Why is the bruise still hard and painful on my leg?

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Answered by

Dr. Atul Prakash

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At June 14, 2017
Reviewed AtApril 23, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have hurt my leg as a cupboard fell on it, and I have a bruise that is around 20 cm in diameter. The bruise is very hard, and when I am still, there is no pain. Once I move my leg, I have pain. The bruise is there for two weeks now, and the hardness is still there. I got an x-ray and ultrasound, which were both normal. Why is the hardness not going away? Is it normal?

Thank you.

Answered by Dr. Atul Prakash


Welcome to icliniq.com.

This hardness you are talking about is most likely a hematoma (collection of blood). It may take weeks to resolve. You can ice the area and try ultrasound therapy to help dissipate the hardness.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

Would it help to massage the area gently? I have been off work for two weeks, and I need to recover fast. It is painful when my leg is not elevated.

Please advice.

Answered by Dr. Atul Prakash


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

You could massage, but be gentle as deep massage may make the area more painful. I suggest trying an anti-inflammatory tablet like Diclofenac, which will help you with the pain and inflammation.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Atul Prakash
Dr. Atul Prakash

Orthopedician and Traumatology

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