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whats the difference between a broken collarbone or fractured

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Dr. William Nall
14 years experience Sports Medicine
Same thing: Fracture is the medical term for broken.
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
None: A broken collar bone and a fractured collar bone mean the same thing: there is a break or fracture in the clavicle (collar bone).
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
46 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Needs evaluation: You need to be seen and evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon in the near future.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vlad Gendelman
16 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Pain level and xrays: The pain should be decreasing over the course of days/weeks, but that actually does not necessarily mean that the bone itself is healing. The only su ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Ann Block
31 years experience General Practice
Nothing: Broken and fractured mean the same thing.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
27 years experience Family Medicine
Same thing: "fractured" is just the medical term for broken.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
The same: There is no difference between the two term.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
None: They are different terms for the same thing. Fracture can vary in severity and problems. Almost always there is trauma to the soft tissues surrounding ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Thumb: A sprain effects the ligaments around the thumb joint while a fracture involves the bones of the thumb.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
26 years experience Hand Surgery
No difference: A fractured bone is broken and a broken bone is fractured.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Miles
46 years experience Psychiatry
None: No difference.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aruna Seneviratne
25 years experience Sports Medicine
The Same: A broken bone is the same as a fractured bone.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
15 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
None of those: Are descriptive of any particular type of fracture. Fracture implies the cracking or breaking of a hard object or material. So "broke back" is a non ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirt Kimball
46 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
No difference: Fracture or broken assumes a disruption of the bone integrity. There are many variations including degree of displacement and complexity of the fract ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krinick
41 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Structure involved: Fractrues are bone injury sprains are ligaments.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
41 years experience Podiatry
ANATOMY: Bone and ligament are two totally different things anatomically. Ligaments are soft tissue structures holding any two bones in place, like a piece of ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shin answered
19 years experience Hand Surgery
No: They are one and the same!
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Dr. Gary Pess answered
39 years experience Hand Surgery
Fracture: It may be impossible to differentiate without an xray. Both can be swollen, painful and difficult to bend. Only an xray will see the fracture.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Aufseeser
8 years experience Podiatry
None: No difference.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
18 years experience Hand Surgery
Sprained vs fx.: Sprain is soft tissue...Ligaments stretched. Fracture is bone...Broken bone.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shin answered
19 years experience Hand Surgery
None.: A cracked bone is a fractured bone. A cracked bone simply describes a fracture that is probably less severe (e.g. A "hairline" fracture).
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A 71-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Symantecs: A fracture or break is the same thing. There are degrees of fractures or breaks. One can have a small crack in the bone and not be through and throu ... Read More
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