The evaluation of a contusion begins with a medical history and physical examination.
Physical findings in someone with a contusion may include:
- Localized swelling
- Tenderness of the skin
- No tenderness of the bone or other deep structures
- Normal nerve and muscle function
Tests are not necessary to evaluate minor contusions. X-rays may be used to look for fractured bones.
Tests that may be used to evaluate a severe bruise to the chest or abdomen include:
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