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How common is a hematoma?

A hematoma is a common injury that follows a bump or crash. A hematoma forms when an injury ruptures blood vessels. The blood that is released cannot escape and pools under the soft tissue producing skin discoloration, commonly called a bruise, swelling, and localized pain. A hematoma can be treated at home with cold, elevation, rest, and over-the-counter medications. If extreme pain persists, consult a doctor.

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