What Is A Calcified Bruise? Treatment For Calcified Hematoma

A bruise occurs as a result of collection of blood, at a particular site, due to an injury. An injury may result in damage to the blood vessels which bleed, resulting in extravasation of blood, leading to a hematoma or a bruise. While under normal condition, a hematoma usually gets resolved and the extravagated blood gets absorbed, however in some cases, calcium and other salts get deposited in the hematoma, resulting in calcified bruise. Here are some tips on how to treat a calcified bruise.

Calcification Of A Bruise

A bruise or a hematoma is usually associated with an injury.

An injury leads to damage to the blood vessels at the site, which may result in an internal bleeding. This internal bleeding results in extravasation or accumulation of blood and fluids in the interstitial spaces. The bruise may be painful depending upon the extent of tissue damage and internal bleeding. Usually however, the body’s internal mechanism leads to absorption of this fluid collected in the interstitial space resulting in the resolution of the bruise.

Some individuals however suffer from a condition referred to as calcinosis, which results in accumulation and clumping of calcium phosphate in the tissue of the body.

While there are different types of calcinosis, the most common variant is referred to as dystrophic calcification, which is characterized by accumulation and deposition of calcium deposits in injured or damaged soft tissue.

Calcified Hematoma Treatment Options

Here are some simple home remedies and natural treatment options for the treatment of calcified bruise,

  • Apply ice packs on the area which is affected by calcium deposits. Also temporary immobilize the affected area, to hasten recovery.
  • Reduce the intake of calcium in your diet, if you are prone to develop calcified bruise. While natural sources never result in an excess, calcium supplements (especially those containing oysters) should be avoided.
  • Increase the intake of water. Drinking adequate amount of water is important to help in flushing out excess amount of salts and calcium accumulated in the body.
  • Homeopathic remedies like Bryonia Alba, Rhuta and Rhus Tox are considered to be very useful in the management of bruises. These medicines can help prevent calcification of the bruise and hasten the natural absorption of the extravagated fluid.

While these natural treatment modalities may be beneficial in most of the cases, if the pain persists, please visit your physician immediately. There are several techniques that are used to help dissolve calcified bruises and alleviate the pain.

  • Modified range of movement exercises can help in reducing stiffing of the joint, reduce calcium deposits and improve mobility, especially when the bruise affects a joint.
  • Cortisone injections are considered usually in reducing pain and can help in dissolving the calcified bruise.
  • In severe cases, a minimal invasive surgery which helps to remove calcium deposits, via a small incision in the skin. Unfortunately, this technique is not fool proof new calcium deposits may be formed in the same joint or same region.