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How could i tell the difference between a sprain

A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Xray: Unfortunately you can't know for sure without getting an xray done. See a doctor if you have pain after an injury.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
X-ray: An x-ray will help to determine the difference.
Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Finger Fracture: An x-ray and examination by an orthopedic physician is the best and most accurate way to determine this. He/she will be able to determine the appropri... Read More

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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankur Dharia
Podiatry 21 years experience
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
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Aufseeser
Podiatry 9 years experience
Sprain vs twisted: I believe they are interchangeable.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Same thing: Twisting ones’ ankle can lead to a sprained ankle. Often times, this results in a ligamentous injuries which may lead to ankle swelling, pain, and po... Read More
Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Twist = Sprain: In most cases people tend to use the terms "sprained" and "twisted" synonomously when describing ankle injuries. However, it is important to point out... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirt Kimball
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Significant: A broken thumb implies fractured bone. A dislocated thumb implies on of the joints in the thumb has dislocated (no longer in correct position). To d... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Need to see a doctor: for a more detailed history, physical exam and possible testing, Do not try to self diagnose.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
It would: Be an educated guess. X-ray would give the definitive diagnosis.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
Same condition: A sprain is an injury to a ligament that holds bones together at a joint. This is likely what you have. Warm soaks and rest can help to heal. Someti... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
OA: Imaging such as x-rays or MRI can help.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eran Kessous
Sports Medicine 22 years experience
Muscle vs ligament: There are no muscles in the ankle joint/apparatus. There are only ligaments and tendons immediately around the ankle. Ligaments and tendons can tear... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andre Panagos
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 22 years experience
Yes: A sprain is of the muscle tendon and a torn muscle is of the muscle itself. Muscle injuries heal much faster (several weeks) than tendon injuries (sev... Read More

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