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how can you tell if elbow is broken

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
An x-ray: The best way to diagnose a fracture a bone or joint is my getting an x-ray. This coupled with an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon will establish th ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
With X-ray, : History and physical exam - yes.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Via: X-ray.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Quam
17 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Elbow tip: Is the pain still there, or improving? If it is getting better, you probably did not break it. I do recommend going in to get x-rays. That is the on ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
An x-ray: The best way to diagnose a fracture of the wrist or of any bone is with an x-ray. An orthopedic surgeon or hand surgeon is needed if fracture exists.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. G Jason Hunt
15 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
X-ray: Xray is a good way to diagnose a broken hand.
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Wishnew
41 years experience in Wound care
Finger trauma: History: was there a significant trauma? Pain: pain at rest and pain with motion. Deformity: does the finger appear badly aligned when fingers are str ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
An x-ray: An x-ray is the best way to diagnose a broken bone in any part of the body.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience in Family Medicine
No weight bearing: Ankle fractures usually present with severe ankle pain, swelling, bruising and the inability to bear weight on that foot/ankle due to the severe pain.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
X -ray: Don't know which bone you are referring to. Unless you have an obvious deformity - then the only real way to know is through an x-ray. There may be ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Toe fracture.: With an x-ray. Unless there is gross deformity or the toe is misangled then you will need physical examination, medical history & x-ray to determine i ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Chimenti
26 years experience in Sports Medicine
XRAY: Simple answer: xray.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
35 years experience in Hand Surgery
Need X-Ray: You can't tell if a hand bone is fractures just by looking at it. The old wives tale that says "if i can move it then it can't be broken" is not true ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
28 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Usually x-rays: Schedule appt. With orthopedic surgeon. Exam and x-rays usually confirm fracture diagnoses, with only rare exceptions. Rarley, ct/mri will be needed ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience in Podiatry
See a doctor: An x-ray would be the best way. Suspicion of fracture would include deformity of the toe or severe pain and discoloration.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. G Jason Hunt
15 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Xray: An xray will usually diagnose a broken bone.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
35 years experience in Podiatry
Get an X-Ray...: That's the real way to tell for sure.
A 41-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
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Fein
Specializes in Family Medicine
X-Ray, scan, or MRI: Usually a simple x-ray will give you the answer. Sometimes, especially soon after the injury, the x-ray will initially appear to be normal even thoug ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
X-ray: The best way to determine if your knuckle is broken is with x-ray, medical history & physical examination.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Evaluation: Medical history, physical evaluation& radiographic study.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Unless you have: A clear cut deformity - medical history, examination and x-ray are usually required to make an accurate diagnosis.

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