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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

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 can I tell if my foot is fractured or sprained?

How can I tell if my foot is fractured or sprained?

Go to the podiatrist: You need to have your foot examined and xrays would be able to tell if you have fractured anything. ...Read more

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Is there a way to know if I have a fractured or sprained shoulder?

Is there a way to know if I have a fractured or sprained shoulder?

Well..: A frature is going to be fairly painful and associated with a good injury. A strain is going to be more muscular. If you had a fall the easiest means of differentiating the two is an xray. ...Read more

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My finger is still numb, tingly, and stiff almost 3 years after an injury (unsure if fractured or sprained, didn't get x-ray). Should I be concerned?

My finger is still numb, tingly, and stiff almost 3 years after an injury (unsure if fractured or sprained, didn't get x-ray). Should I be concerned?

Three years?: I would of been concerned three years ago......I wouldn't of liked my hand numb for that long....what would be your concern at this point? If you don't look for treatment I think it's obvious it's not getting better on its own.... ...Read more

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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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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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Hit my foot on sidewalk a month ago. It still hurts badly. Is it fractured or sprained?

Hit my foot on sidewalk a month ago. It still hurts badly. Is it  fractured or sprained?

Hard to say: You could have fractured a bone in the foot or you may have bruised a bone or soft tissue, called a contusion. It should have an x-ray to make the determination. ...Read more

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My is ankle still swollen and tender after 5 weeks, could it be fractured or sprained? How to tell?

My is ankle still swollen and tender after 5 weeks, could it be fractured or sprained? How to tell?

X-ray: You will need and x-ray to see if you have a fracture or if it is just a sprain. Have it evaluated by your physician to get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more