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A bruise, also called a contusion, is a common injury resulting from damage to the small blood vessels beneath the skin. When the blood leaks out and collects near the surface, the skin becomes discolored.

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How do bruises heal?

Most bruises are minor. If you’ve bumped into something and have a bruise, you probably don’t need medical treatment. Your body will naturally heal and reabsorb the blood.

When should I be concerned about a bruise?

You should talk to a doctor if your bruise doesn’t improve after two weeks, or if you often bruise easily or without an explanation. Bruises can also accompany other injuries that do require treatment, such as sprains and broken bones. In these cases, your medical provider can give you directions for how to alleviate swelling and bruising as part of your treatment.

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When should you visit us for bruise treatment?

If you’re concerned about a bruise or contusion, check in online or walk in to a WellNow location nearest you.

This medical information has been reviewed for accuracy by Dr. Robert Birenbaum, Chief
Medical Officer for WellNow Urgent Care

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Injuries We Treat

WellNow Urgent Care can help when you or a family member is hurt. Our dedicated medical team will provide prompt, comprehensive and compassionate care to help you get better, faster.

This list contains are most frequently treated injuries. If you are experiencing pain from an injury not listed or are unsure of the source of your discomfort, visit a WellNow Urgent Care clinic near you or start a virtual care session.

A - E

Abscesses and Cysts
Back Pain
Cuts and Lacerations
Dog Bites
Eye Complaints

F - Z

Foreign Body Removal
Insect Bites and Stings
Minor Head Injuries
Sprained Ankle