Patients with serious vein disorders may become panicked when they see a bruise form, but the compassionate physicians at Palm Vein Center in Surprise and Laveen, Ariz. can assure patients there isn’t too much to be worried about. That is, if the bruise doesn’t swell or becoming increasingly painful. There are occasions where sustaining a bruise could cause a blood clot, but we’ll elaborate on this topic a little later. If you’re at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), continue reading to find out when a bruise may cause a serious blood clot.
As we alluded to previously, bruises don’t generally cause blood clots but there are circumstances were this rare occurrence can actually happen. The hit or traumatic incident that caused the bruise is more likely to cause a DVT then the bruise itself. Although bruises do require the clotting of blood to heal properly, it’s not the same “blood clot” you may be thinking of. When a bruise develops, ruptured blood vessels cause blood to leak into tissues under the skin. This is what causes the purplish-blue color.
In order for the bruise to eventually heal and go away, coagulation of the broken blood vessels, among other healing processes, need to take place. Now, back to the initial concern: can a significant bruise cause a blood clot? Again, not necessarily, but if the injury hits a deep-seated vein’s wall just right, a clot could form. Therefore, it’s important patients see a vein specialist about their bruise if the area where it’s located becomes painful and/or swells.
If the area has become both swollen and pretty painful, the best thing you can do is to keep the extremity immobile and elevated above heart level until you can seek medical attention. You can also apply a little bit of heat to the area to encourage and increase blood flow. If the bruise is bothering you, but doesn’t necessarily call for immediate medical attention, our staff recommends patients administer the RICE method for adequate healing.
The RICE method can be seen below:
Rest- It’s important to rest the part of the body that’s been injured and take it slow to allow for proper healing
Ice- Ice reduces swelling and inflammation, which is great for healing bruises. Just make sure you’re applying with some kind of cloth barrier and only for a few minutes at a time.
Compression- A firm, elastic bandage should do the trick, just make sure it’s not applied too tight. Talk to a physician about ways to apply the bandage correctly.
Elevation- Keep the affected area above or at heart level.
If you have any other questions or concerns, you feel your bruise needs immediate attention, call the team at Palm Vein Center in the West Valley and Laveen area today to schedule an appointment.
Talk to our team to learn more about the best conservative and interventional treatment options for your vein condition.
The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
For more information on vein diseases and the treatments provided by the specialists at Palm Vein Center or to make an appointment, call 623-201-4777. We look forward to meeting you!