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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

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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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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I fractured me elbow and it healed. Ive 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. Ive 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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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

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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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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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How should I stop work with my fractured elbow?

How should I stop work with my fractured elbow?

Fracture elbow: Not sure what you mean and depends on the type of fracture. You should not do any heavy lifting, pulling, pushing, or climbing with the fractures arm. ...Read more

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How are elbow fractures usually diagnosed?

Xrays: No way to tell for sure it's fractured without an xray. See a doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to treat my fractured elbow?

Can you tell me how to treat my fractured elbow?

Depends: elbow injuries are very complicated the specific treatment would depend on what is broken and where it is broken in addition to any potential ligamentous injuries which may be present ...Read more

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Could I break or fracture my elbow from doing planks?

Not typical: This is not typical unless you were doing planks on an unusual surface. If you have weakness to the bone, ie low vitamin D or calcium, making your bone more susceptible to breaks with little trauma, it is possible. ...Read more

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I have a fractured elbow, in a splint. Is it okay to request a cast?

I have a fractured elbow, in a splint. Is it okay to request a cast?

Sure: A splint is usually a temporary form of immobilization and is a good thing to use during the acute phase of an injury. After swelling has peaked, a cast can be placed to further immobilize the fracture. Just remember that a cast can not be removed like a splint can and has to be kept clean and dry. ...Read more

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How to treat an elbow fracture?

Variable: Depends on where, age, displacement...See ortho doc. ...Read more

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