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Is it possible to feel the difference between a sprained and broken wrist?

Is it possible to feel the difference between a sprained and broken wrist?

Sometimes: It is clearly evident based on appearance feel and deformity a while at other times x-rays or even MRI is needed. ...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 to tell the difference between a broken wrist and a sprung wrist?

How to tell the difference between a broken wrist and a sprung wrist?

Xray: If the bone is obviously sticking out or you can't move your wrist without severe pain, it's likely broken, however you can't really know without an Xray of the wrist. Once the xray is negative, we would consider it a sprain if there is pain and swelling over the area without evidence of fracture. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a sprained wrist and a displaced wrist? There is no break in the bone itself but it is no longer in place.

Displaced: The wrist is made up of 8 "carpal" bones that articulate with the radius and ulna of the forearm and the 5 metacarpals of the palm. So there is no "wrist bone" per se. A sprained anything is simply inflammation and swelling. A displaced bone is one that is out of alignment with itself or at the joint. So a displaced wrist means 1 or more bones is out of alignment to another. ...Read more

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Can you tell the difference between a sprain and a break in the wrist an xray?

Can you tell the difference between a sprain and a break in the wrist an xray?

Yes you can: In x-rays, a break will generally show as an interruption in the cortex of the bone, with displacement or not. A sprain generally indicates an injury to soft tissues such as ligaments, fascia or tendon, which does not show up on x-ray. Occasionally, a severe sprain may be associated with an avulsion fracture where a ligament actually pulls at its attachment to bone and "avulses". ...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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How to determine the difference between a wrist fracture and a wrist sprain?

How to determine the difference between a wrist fracture and a wrist sprain?

Swelling: There is usually more swelling and defomity and pain with fracture. If pain/discomfort increases rather than getting better over time, have it checked for a fracture. ...Read more

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Broken wrist how long typically to mend?

Broken wrist how long typically to mend?

Broken wrist: Is a very big term. It can mean a hairline fracture in a bone tha heals fast or a displaced fracture in a bone that has bad blood supply. Simple nondisplaced fractures are casted for 3-4 weeks often but complex fractures in some bones of the wrist ( that dont have surgery) can be casted for 9-12 weeks. The inure, the ;ovation, the pattern, health factors, smoking, all play a role in time to mend ...Read more

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When will a broken wrist typically heal?

6 weeks: A wrist fracture (distal radius fracture) will generally heal in 6 weeks. The healing time can be longer, though, particularly in smokers. ...Read more

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How long before the pain from a broken wrist goes away?

How long before the pain from a broken wrist goes away?

3-4 month process : After a fractured wrist one needs rehab also sire usually tell people it's a 3 to 4 month process. Hey there is depending on the severity of injury and what's the weather and it's a lot different when it's that simple fracture that's casted versus surgery but typically after about a week most people are no longer taking any pain medication. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is an injury that results from excessive stretching of a ligament, which is a tough band that connects bone to bone and holds joints in place. Rapid swelling and pain ...Read more