A contusion is a crushing injury to the tissues, such as a bruise.
The word contusion may refer to both a bruise on the skin, evidenced by discoloration, or a bruise on the bone, evidenced by changes on X-ray, MRI or CT scan. Other soft tissues like muscles and nerves may also be said to be contused if there has been some kind of crushing injury.
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