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what is the difference between a fracture and a contusion
A 44-year-old member asked:
8 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Injury Type: A contusion is essentially an area of injured tissue with ruptured capillaries - what is commonly referred to as a "bruise." a compound fracture is al ... Read More
24 years experience Podiatry
Very different: A contusion is the bio equivalent of a bone bruise from blount force trauma a compound fracture is where a bone breaks and protrudes thought the skin.
A 20-year-old female asked:
17 years experience Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Fracture: X-rays and possibly CT scan can differentiate. Bruising is painful and may need splinting and protected weight bearing just like a fracture
A 47-year-old member asked:
20 years experience Family Medicine
Similar pain: All three of these injuries can have a similar presentation of chest wall pain and pain with movement and expansion i the rib cage. The difference ma ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
25 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Level of pain: A stable, nondisplaced arm fracture may present similar to a severe contusion. Typically, a fracture will hurt for a longer period of time. Also, a ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
29 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Hard to say: There is certainly some component of a contusion to the hip they may take even several weeks to heal in some cases. On the other hand, be aware that ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
55 years experience Internal Medicine
Xray the second best: After an mri. Pain can be severe with a sprain.
A 23-year-old female asked:
23 years experience General Surgery
Time: If it lasts more than 3-5 days, it may be fractured. However, unless you are short of breath, nothing needs to be done about it.
A 34-year-old member asked:
17 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends on direction: This depends on the direction of fracture. If the fracture is horizontal, the knee has to be immobilized to prevent possible displacement of the frac ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
19 years experience Hand Surgery
Not: Something to mess around with. See your doctor.
A 26-year-old male asked:
38 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Foot injury: A fracture will put you out at least 6 weeks. A contusion may only be a week.
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