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difference between sprain and broken wrist

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
34 years experience in Hand Surgery
Sometimes: It is clearly evident based on appearance feel and deformity a while at other times x-rays or even MRI is needed.

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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Troy Reyna
43 years experience in Pediatric Surgery
Swelling: There is usually more swelling and defomity and pain with fracture. If pain/discomfort increases rather than getting better over time, have it checked ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
26 years experience in Hand Surgery
See a hand surgeon: An xray and a good clinical examination should easily be able to distinguish between the two.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Sometimes: it takes an X-Ray to differentiate the two.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience in Psychiatry
Sprain vs displaced: A sprain involves injury to the connective tissues around joints. These can be suddenly stretched too far, or even ruptured -- causing pain and swell ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
18 years experience in Hand Surgery
Sprained vs fx.: Sprain is soft tissue...Ligaments stretched. Fracture is bone...Broken bone.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankur Dharia
20 years experience in Podiatry
Yes you can: In x-rays, a break will generally show as an interruption in the cortex of the bone, with displacement or not. A sprain generally indicates an injury ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
X-ry and follow up: If patient have fracture on the x-ray that is very clear , if have unclear fracture when you see him in about 2 weeks you see the fracture. Of course ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krinick
41 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Structure involved: Fractrues are bone injury sprains are ligaments.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience in Pediatrics
They are...: A fracture is a broken bone.A sprain is soft tissue damage, such as ligaments, muscle or tendons.

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