Bruising of the skin and underlying tissue anywhere on the body is caused by a direct blow to the body. Contusions can cause bleeding form ruptured capillaries. They cause tenderness to the surrounding tendons, nerves, and other soft tissues. They occur in contact sports such as football, ice hockey, and baseball.


  • Swelling and a hard lump in the injured buttock.
  • Pain and tenderness in the injured area.
  • Feeling of firmness when pressure is exerted on the buttock.
  • Bruising or discoloration under the skin.


  • See your physician for a precise diagnosis unless the injury is minor.
  • Use the first three steps of the R.I.C.E. method (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate).
  • Ice the area and massage the area with ice.
  • After 48 hours, apply heat instead of ice if it feels better.
  • Take a whirlpool bath if available.
  • Protect the area with a bandage.
  • Massage very gently to reduce swelling.


  • Wear protective equipment such as hip pads, when appropriate.
  • Begin a muscle strengthening program.
  • Don't take any major chances during play to protect your body.

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