Chest Contusion

A contusion is a deep bruise. Bruises happen when an injury causes bleeding under the skin. Signs of bruising include pain, puffiness (swelling), and discolored skin. The bruise may turn blue, purple, or yellow. Pay attention to how you are doing.


  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between the skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, 3 to 4 times a day for the first 48 hours.

  • Rest.

  • Do not lift anything heavy.

  • Limit your activity as told by your doctor

  • Take 3 to 4 deep breaths every hour while awake. Hold your hand or a pillow over the sore area for support.

  • Breathe from the belly (abdomen).

  • Breathe in through the nose, as if you are smelling a flower.

  • Breathe out through the mouth, as if you are blowing out a candle.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.


  • You have trouble breathing or cough up thick spit (mucus).

  • You have chest pain that goes into the arms or jaw.

  • The skin is wet and pale.

  • You have a fever.

  • You feel dizzy, weak, or pass out (faint).

  • You cannot breathe easily.

  • The bruise is getting worse.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.