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A 40-year-old member asked:

How can you know you have a broken bone?

5 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Moor
Sports Medicine 39 years experience
X=rays, mri: Pinpoint tenderness, focal pain with torque on the bone, local swelling are clues, but x-rays, mri, bone scan, ct scan are most accurate.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
X-ray: Best method of diagnosis is x-ray. Occasionally, when a fracture is suspected, but x-ray is not diagnostic, other studies may be recommended. This may include MRI or bone scan.
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Pain swelling: A broken bone will be painful and the area of the break will swell. If it is in the legs then you will have difficulty walking. If it is in the upper extremities then you would have difficulty using the affected extremity.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 42 years experience
X-ray: The best way would be to have an x-ray but pain and deformity would be a good indicator.
Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 45 years experience
Pain and X-Ray.: Under normal circumstances, one would expect to have some pain, swelling, bruising or any combination of these symptoms. There are conditions that the pain may not be noticed. The only sure way to remove all doubt is to have the area x-rayed.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How can I know if my neck is broken or a bone misplaced?

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Dr. Libby Putnam
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See a doctor.: If your neck hurts or you have less range of motion than normal, see a doctor to make sure you don't have a pinched nerve, tendinitis, or other problem in your neck.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to break a bone and not know you have a broken bone?

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Dr. David Bloome
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
Yes: Usually a fracture causes significant pain and swelling, alerting the patient and physician to the problem. Sometimes, though, fractures can be missed on radiographs and go undiagnosed. Other imaging studies can be helpful in those instances.

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