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fracture vs sprain elbow

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
X-ray to be sure: Unless there is an obvious deformity you may not be able to tell the difference with the naked eye. While a sprain is an injury to the ligaments of th ... Read More

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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu answered
23 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Possible fracture: It is actually quite common to sustain a radial head or radial neck fracture without knowing it. The symptom is often just a stiff elbow that improves ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
42 years experience in General Surgery
Yes and but: yes you can have a benign non fractured pain after it healed if you put enough pressure and strain on the bone.but you did not tell us how long since ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience in Podiatry
See a doctor: You will need at least an x-ray to tell if there is a fracture.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Trainor
28 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Get an X-ray: An x-ray will allow you to tell if there is a broken bone. If the x-ray does not show a broken bone, then you may have a sprain.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
36 years experience in Internal Medicine
Simple: Broken or fracture means - arm bone is broken . Sprain means muscle ligaments are streched, torn, or disrupted.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
22 years experience in Podiatry
Need an X-ray: After an clinical evaluation, and xray would be the only way to determine the presence of a fracture.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bradley Butkovich
26 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Fractures: have significant pain, deformity and loss of function. Strains are sore, you can have bruising and the arm can be stiff. If it is a fx the arm can be ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Probably: Probably.
A member asked:
Dr. Edgard Janer
Specializes in Rheumatology
Depends!: Rarely, depends on type of trauma! Simple linear fracture as opposed to a complicated displaced fracture? Did u require surgery? Other factors play a ... Read More

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