Contusions, bruises, haematomas and the use of ice

Emanuele Mortarotti in
26 February 2021

blog we are going to provide some advice to our readers on how to deal with the immediate aftermath of bruises, contusions and haematomas using ice and the benefits of cold treatment.

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Today on the Dispotech blog we are going to provide some advice to our readers on how to deal with the immediate aftermath of bruises, contusions and haematomas using ice and the benefits of cold treatment. To do this, we will use the support of two articles read on and


We all have to deal with sudden bumps, falls and minor accidents at home or outdoors. The most common consequence after a contusion is the appearance of bruises and haematomas. Ice can help in the immediate aftermath of such accidents: the benefits of cold, as we have already mentioned in various blog articles, are many and help you feel better within a few hours. Ice has vasoconstriction and pain-relieving properties.


However before giving advice, here are some useful definitions to help you outline some important differences:


  • a contusion is the result of a trauma (fall, impact, sudden blow).
  • A haematoma is an accumulation of blood that occurs as a result of trauma. Along with the blood, there is also some swelling which can be more or less noticeable.
  • A bruise (or ecchymosis) is an accumulation of blood that is retained in the superficial layer of the skin.


It is advisable to intervene immediately after a contusion to limit the damage and prevent the formation of very large and painful bruises or haematomas. In any case, for all 3 problems, cold can be a good ally. But how?


  • The swelling and pain caused by a contusion can be treated immediately with an ice pack or ice bag, several times during the day at intervals. Keeping the contused part slightly elevated, if possible, helps greatly.
  • To alleviate pain in an area where a haematoma has formed, an ice pack (or at least a rudimentary ice bag) is an effective solution. Ice, as we have always pointed out, should never be placed directly on bare skin: it should be carefully wrapped in dry, soft cloths. Also, making a compression-type bandage can help it to heal sooner.
  • A bruise changes colour (due to the action of white blood cells) based on the healing process. It disappears by itself within a few days/weeks, depending on its size. However, to reduce their size and relieve the pain, the application of ice is one of the most indicated therapies.
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