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Doctor insights on: Arm Sprain Vs Fracture

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I do not know if my arm is sprained or fractured?

I do not know if my arm is sprained or fractured?

Have it checked out: The old saying " if I can move it, it must not be broken" is not true. Fractures usually hurt more than sprains, but everyone's pain tolerance is different. If the pain is significant and it hurts to move the area or touch the region, then it should be checked by a physician, either an urgent care center or an ER doc. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain, but with ice, time, rest, & activity modification they heal over a few weeks, 3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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How do I know if my arm is fractured or broken or sprained?

How do I know if my arm is fractured or broken or sprained?

Get an X-ray: An x-ray will allow you to tell if there is a broken bone. If the x-ray does not show a broken bone, then you may have a sprain. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a broken, sprain, and fractured arm?

What are the differences between a broken, sprain, and fractured arm?

Simple: Broken or fracture means - arm bone is broken. Sprain means muscle ligaments are streched, torn, or disrupted. ...Read more

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I don't konw if my arm is fractured or sprained. How can I tell?

I don't konw if my arm is fractured or sprained. How can I tell?

Need an X-ray: After an clinical evaluation, and xray would be the only way to determine the presence of a fracture. ...Read more

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How to know if my arm is sprained or fractured?

How to know if my arm is sprained or fractured?

Fractures: Have significant pain, deformity and loss of function. Strains are sore, you can have bruising and the arm can be stiff. If it is a fx the arm can be stabilized by a splint or Cast initially. An X-ray can confirm if there is a fracture and permanent treatment can be either casting, splinting or surgery depending on the fracture. Sprains are treated with rest, ICE and Nsaids. ...Read more

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If you sprain fracture or break a bone in your wrist can this cause a blood clot in the arm?

If you sprain fracture or break a bone in your wrist can this cause a blood clot in the arm?

Depends!: Rarely, depends on type of trauma! Simple linear fracture as opposed to a complicated displaced fracture? Did u require surgery? Other factors play a role! Obesity, smoking, blood clotting deficiencies, previous history of clots? Ligament, tendon sprains are usually not associated with blood clots, good luck ...Read more

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I need to know if my wrist and elbow are fractured or sprained. How can I tell?

I need to know if my wrist and elbow are fractured or sprained. How can I tell?

X-ray to be sure: Unless there is an obvious deformity you may not be able to tell the difference with the naked eye. While a sprain is an injury to the ligaments of the wrist, and a fracture is damage to the bone, strains of muscles and tendons are also possible. In any case, common symptoms may be pain, limited strength/ motion, swelling, and/ or bruising. Have an x-ray to be sure! ...Read more

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Could I break, fracture and sprain my forearm all at the same time?

Could I break, fracture and sprain my forearm all at the same time?

Technically yes: A break and a fracture are synonyms, they mean the same thing. When you fracture our arm you do in fact sprain the muscles in your arm from the trauma inflicted that also causes the fracture/break ...Read more

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If it hurts to fully stick out my are, did I fracture my elbow or just sprain it?

If it hurts to fully stick out my are, did I fracture my elbow or just sprain it?

Possible fracture: It is actually quite common to sustain a radial head or radial neck fracture without knowing it. The symptom is often just a stiff elbow that improves over time. It is difficult to know whether you have a fracture without x-rays and examination. I'd recommend getting it checked. ...Read more

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Symptoms of sprained wrist compared to some sort of forearm fracture?

Symptoms of sprained wrist compared to some sort of forearm fracture?

Symptoms: See where it is the most tender. If over bone could be fracture of tha distal radius or ulna. If over the wrist joint specifically more likely a sprain but wrist bone can fracture. Get an x-ray to be sure. ...Read more

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I fractured me elbow and it healed. I've been lifiting and today I felt a little pain in it. Is it common to have soreness all of the sudden or did I rebreak it? Or did I just like sprain it?

I fractured me elbow and it healed. I've been lifiting and today I felt a little pain in it. Is it common to have soreness all of the sudden or did I rebreak it? Or did I just like sprain it?

Yes and but: Yes you can have a benign non fractured pain after it healed if you put enough pressure and strain on the bone. But you did not tell us how long since you did that if the fractured happen a years ago then I will not worry about it, but if it happen few months ago and you just took the cast off, then I will see my bone doctor for a peace of mind. ...Read more

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Left ball like wrist bone swollen and bruised. Pain up the left side forearm. Could it be fractured or just a sprain?

Left ball like wrist bone swollen and bruised. Pain up the left side forearm. Could it be fractured or just a sprain?

See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Where can I find advice on a fractured arm?

Where can I find advice on a fractured arm?

Orthopedist: An orthopedic surgeon is trained to diagnose and treat arm fractures. Some internists, family practitioners and er physicians can also advise you.
The american academy of orthopaedic surgeons website might also help (www. Aaos. Org). ...Read more

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How can you shower with a broken/fractured arm?

How can you shower with a broken/fractured arm?

Bag, cast guards: Depending on the type of immobilization you have and the recommendations of your physician, a well sealed garbage bag or specially made cast guard (on-line or at medical supply store) can be used for casts and splints. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a sprain or a fracture?

X-ray: The only sure fire way is to obtain an x-ray. However, you can generally walk with an ankle sprain, but not with a fracture. If there is a fracture you may see deformity or angulation. If there is ANC crepitus or "crunchiness" than you probably have a fracture. ...Read more

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Is an xray the only way to know if my arm fractured or is it muscle damage?

Usually: Xrays are the definitive method for diagnosing a fracture, but a deformity of the arm can also suggest the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the tests for arm fracture?

What are the tests for arm fracture?

Radiologic: Diagnosis of arm fracture starts with plain spine x-rays. If DX is uncertain or suspicious for pathologic fx (bone infiltrated by tumor of any kind, including malignancies), then further imaging is required, such as ct, mri, bone scan, pet scan. These decisions must be made by the diagnostician involved. ...Read more

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How is an arm fracture typically treated?

How is an arm fracture typically treated?

Depends: I'm not exactly sure what portion of the arm that you really are referring to. Some fractures of the shoulder or the humerus require surgery, yet many do not. Many fractures, if not most, of the forearm, require surgery to preserve your range of motion after the fracture heals. So obviously the treatment recommendation depends on the type of fracture and its location. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a fracture or sprained foot?

How do I know if I have a fracture or sprained foot?

X-ray: An x-ray of the foot and ankle will be able to assist in differentiating a sprain form a fracture. ...Read more

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Wrist sprain or fracture? What are sympotoms?

Pain and swelling: After a fall type of injury you can injure your wrist. A fracture is a break in one of the eight small wrist bones. The thumb sided scaphoid is the most common to fracture and the most common to not heal. Any suspicion requires immobilization. A sprain is a stretch to a complete tear of the stabilizing ligaments. To miss this injury can lead to arthritis. All sprain need acute immobilization. ...Read more

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Bruised and painful arm. Could it be a fracture?

Bruised and painful arm. Could it be a fracture?

Need an X-ray: You will need an x-ray and medical evaluation to answer this question accurately. ...Read more

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How do I know if it is a wrist sprain or fracture?

X-ray: Both cause pain and limited mobility, x-ray will tell us if you have fracture or not. ...Read more

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How to know if I sprain, fracture or break my ankle?

How to know if I sprain, fracture or break my ankle?

Need examination: And x-rays, possibly MRI to fully evaulate and diagnose. Then you can get proper treatment. ...Read more

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Symptoms of sprained ankle vs. A fracture to worry about?

Sprain vs fracture: Best to get a radiography and evaluation.
Your podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon will take care of this for you. ...Read more

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How will I be treated for an avulsion fracture or sprain?

Ankle injury: An avulsion fracture may require several types of treatment based on the size and any displacement of the avulsed bone. This could require casting to surgery. An ankle sprain depending on severity could require rehab to surgery. Clinical exam and imaging helps tailor treatment. ...Read more

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How to tell difference between wrist sprain and fracture?

How to tell difference between wrist sprain and fracture?

Exam and imaging: Wrist fractures may seen on standard x-rays and additional studies such as bone scan or MRI may be helpful sprains may be postivie finding in that here is no fracture but bones may be out of linel. A careful history and exam is also very important as you correctly implied it can be confusing so seek out so called experts such as a hand surgeon or orthopedic surgeon who specializes in han. ...Read more

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What happened to your arm when you have a humerus fracture?

What happened to your arm when you have a humerus fracture?

Hopefully heals: The fracture has a high rate of healing. Many humerus fractures can heal in a brace. Some require surgery - plating or having a rod placed. Ideally, the fracture will heal and you will have a complete recovery. ...Read more

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Can a wrist sprain be worse to recover from than a fracture?

Can a wrist sprain be worse to recover from than a fracture?

Sometimes: Most wrist fractures can be treated with cast immobilizaton and
will typically heal in about 6 weeks. Sometimes with a sprain
one can develop different types of carpal instability which can
lead to long term problems like arthritic changes. Swelling and
pain. So sometimes a sprain can be worse in the long run than a fracture. ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more