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how could i tell the difference between a sprained and broken finger

A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maritza Baez
16 years experience in Family Medicine
Xray: Unfortunately you can't know for sure without getting an xray done. See a doctor if you have pain after an injury.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
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 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience in Internal Medicine
Can't really tell: You can't really tell for sure without an x-ray. Some sprains can be so painful that it mimics a fracture. However, if you have a fracture and it is ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shah Chowdhury
41 years experience in Pediatrics
INJURY: Put cold / ice immediately, keep the hand raised. Minimal swelling and pain caused by soft tissue injury usually gets better in 3-5 days depending on ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirt Kimball
46 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
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
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Newman
31 years experience in Podiatry
X-rays: Seeing a doctor and getting x-rays will tell you if you fractured the toe or not.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Korona
32 years experience in Interventional Radiology
X-ray : .
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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 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
24 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Xray: If you hurt to touch over the bone, it would be more likely that you have a fracture. An xray will tell you for sure.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Oberman
30 years experience in Podiatry
Same thing: Fracture is a break. Some breaks are not complete like a crack or stress fracture.
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 55-year-old member asked:
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.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
An X-ray: Can differentiate.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Aufseeser
8 years experience in Podiatry
Sprain vs twisted: I believe they are interchangeable.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Fracture is a : Medical term used for broken. Broken bone= fractured bone.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Burns
31 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
XRAY!: We use the xray to tell, but there are criteria developed in ottowa that help predict if its a fracture. Less likely to be a fracture if 1) able to pu ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Chimenti
26 years experience in Sports Medicine
fracture vs bruise: You need an evaluation by a doctor and likely an xray. Usually you cannot walk on a broken femur, while you can on a bruise.
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A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Karsant
38 years experience in Dentistry
Damage: A sprain is soft tissue damage and will heal on its own. A broken finger is hard tissue damage(the bone) is fractured/broken, tissue may appear bruise ... 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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience in Podiatry
Get an X-ray: If not sure and in pain, get an x-ray.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience in Podiatry
Get an x-ray: Uou should see a podiatrist for an x-ray and exam.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike
20 years experience in General Surgery
Easy: A hip fracture is much mroe painful, and you will probably not be able to bear weight on that leg at all. If you are walking, then it's not a hip frac ... Read More
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