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What if the bruise doesn't get
better or the area stays swollen?
On occasion, instead of going away, the area of a bruise
will become firm and may actually start increasing in size. It may also continue
to be painful. There are two major causes for this. First, if a large collection
of blood is formed under the skin or in the muscle, instead of trying to clean up the area,
the body may wall the blood off causing what is called a hematoma. A hematoma is
nothing more than a small pool of blood that is walled off. This may need to be
drained by your doctor.
A second and much less common problem occurs when the
body deposits calcium, the material that makes up the majority of bone, in the
area of injury. The area becomes tender and firm. This process is called
heterotopic ossification or myositis
This condition is diagnosed by
X-ray and requires a
trip to your