A 19-year-old female asked:
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i was playing softball, and to make a long story short i fell and hurt my thumb. is is there a way i can be sure if it is only sprained or fractured?

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Dr. Leila Hashemi
20 years experience Internal Medicine
Thumb pain: just X-ray, although if you can bend it without pain, less likely a fracture
Answered on Jul 18, 2014
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Dr. Kumar Singh
14 years experience Family Medicine
Xray: The way you can tell if its fractured is through an xray. An urgent care is much cheaper than an ER.
Answered on Jul 18, 2014
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