Lamentations 3:4 - He has made my skin and my flesh grow old and has broken my bones.
I lose my balance and slam into the wall.
Someone bumps into me.
I run into my bedpost when I wake up in the middle of the night.
The wind catches my open car door and drives it into my leg.
All of these can cause a bruise. For the healthy person a bruise isn’t a big deal. The skin changes as blood vessels beneath the skin break and blood pools in the damaged area. There is a certain amount of pain depending on how the damage was done. Normally a bruise disappears within a short time as the body absorbs the pooled blood.
However, with someone who bruises easily someone bumping into them can end up causing a bruise that goes deeper than just on the surface but to vessels further beneath the surface. And if the injured individual has a condition with their blood resulting in the increased bleeding, a bruise can take longer to heal.
Emedicinehealth.com discusses reasons for bruising in their article, “Bruises,” such as sun-damaged skin, thinning of the skin with age and a Vitamin C deficiency.
One method of treatment of bruising and other injuries that is popular and can be done at home is the R.I.C.E. treatment. Verywelll.com writes about this treatment in their article, “R.I.C.E. Treatment for Acute Musculoskeletal Injury.”
This treatment should be performed quickly after an injury to reduce swelling and pain an can be done at home. However, if your pain and swelling doesn’t go down after 48 hours, you should see your doctor.
God has created our bodies in unique ways to heal even if we are prone to bruising. He knows how we are made and will help us heal when we bruise.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.