Chest Contusion Overview
What is a chest contusion?
A person with a chest contusion has a bruise to the chest wall. The bruise may involve the skin, ribs, or muscles of the chest wall. A more severe chest contusion may cause bleeding in the underlying muscle and subcutaneous tissues, resulting in a chest hematoma.
What are the symptoms of a chest contusion?
Symptoms of a chest contusion include chest pain, bruising, chest wall tenderness, and swelling.
How does the doctor treat a chest contusion?
Treatment for a chest contusion includes rest, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Deep breathing exercises may be recommended to lessen the risk for atelectasis and pneumonia.
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