Bruised Abdominal Muscle

Bruised Abs

Bruised abs (or an abdominal muscle contusion) occur after a direct trauma or impact to the stomach muscles. This may be from a hard object such as a ball or racket, or in an accident such as a fall which causes bleeding into the muscles. The area will be painful and tender and the muscles will often feel tight.

Symptoms of Bruised Abs

  • Pain on impact.
  • Pain and tenderness in the stomach muscles.
  • Bruising may appear.
  • Pain on contracting or stretching the stomach muscles.
  • A feeling of tightness in the musles.


  • In most cases bruised abdominals do not require medical attention, just as other muscle bruises do not.
  • Rest from aggravating activities.
  • Apply ice to ease pain and reduce bleeding and swelling.
  • A doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to ease pain and swelling.
  • The bruising will usually clear within a week to 10 days.
  • If symptoms persist, seek medical attention.
  • If you are concerned over the severity of your symptoms, seek medical attention.
  • Watch out for symptoms such as blood in the urine.