What Is a Bone Contusion?

A bone contusion is a small hidden fracture on a bone commonly found close to the skin's surface, according to Baylor Scott & White Health. A bone contusion is not as severe as a bone fracture, and it can happen to people of all ages, explains Mosaic Life Care.

Symptoms of a bone contusion, also known as a bone bruise, include pain that lasts longer than a normal bruise, difficult use of the bruised area, and swelling and discoloration, notes Baylor Scott & White Health. Treatment for bone contusions involves applying ice to the bruised area, elevating it, and taking over-the-counter medications for pain and discomfort.