Re: Bruised lower spine bone
your right,an x ray will not pick up a bruise,but an MRI would show possible soft tissue type of damage. if you really have some major concerns about this,just speak with your doc about sending you for that MRI. it would show any possible injury to not only the soft tissue but anything that could have also injured your spinal column and whats inside it,down to the cord level. how DID you injure this particular area? knowing your mechanism of injury would just really help to figure out what "could' possibly have become injured,not just bruised.
using ice for the first couple days post injury will usually help with pain and to bring any real swelling down,but after that,heat is usually a good thing to switch to,unless heat BRINGS on pain,then stick with ice. ice is a wonderful pain reliever that also brings down swelling. i use it alot for some of my pain syndromes and generators. it all depends upon the actual pain generator and how it responds whether you use ice or heat really. an anti inflammatory like advil or aleeve is also a good idea for pain. its usually pretty good for trauma pain,unless there is bleeding. trauma just brings on inflammation to the tissues,so this does tend to work pretty well.
just see your doc for an eval and a possible MRI to that area if there is any question of a deeper type of injury. like i mentioned above,alot of how this will be managed and handled really depends more on just what you actually did to this and how it became injured in the first place. if you happened to actually fall on it,then you would probably need that MRI just to be certain nothing else became injured too. good luck and please keep me posted. **
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