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how do you tell the difference between a sprain or a break

A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankur Dharia
20 years experience 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 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
It would: Be an educated guess. X-ray would give the definitive diagnosis.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Aufseeser
8 years experience Podiatry
Sprain vs twisted: I believe they are interchangeable.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
30 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
OA: Imaging such as x-rays or MRI can help.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Aufseeser
8 years experience Podiatry
Sprain vs break: A sprain is caused by damage done to the ligaments of the body. A break is a bone injury. A strain is caused by damage to a tendon.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maritza Baez
16 years experience 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 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirt Kimball
46 years experience 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 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience 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 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Need to see a doctor: for a more detailed history, physical exam and possible testing, Do not try to self diagnose.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laurence Badgley
52 years experience General Practice
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
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