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How can you tell if you have a cracked or fractured tailbone after fall skiing?

How can you tell if you have a cracked or fractured tailbone after fall skiing?

Xray: Though there may not be any treatment (casting) or surgery for it that is the only way to know if it is broken. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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


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

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

Fractures: The best way to evaluate for a fracture is with radiographs(xrays) and a physical exam by your local orthopaedic surgeon. 99% of fractures can be identified this way. The other 1% may need a CT scan or MRI to identify if there is a fracture. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a broken or just a bent nose?

How can you tell if you have a broken or just a bent nose?

Nose trauma: If the nose was straight before, then became crooked after injury, then it was broken. You can't bend the nasal bones ! note-- this needs immediate evaluation by ent. If surgery is needed then it needs to be done within a couple of weeks. Otherwise, the nose will heal crooked and require more complex later surgery to repair. ...Read more

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How to know if I have fracture or a bone bruise?

How to know if I have fracture or a bone bruise?

X-rays: While physical examination may reveal an exquisite point of tenderness along a bone, this may be due to a contusion along the lining of the bone (i.e., the periosteum). X-rays (radiographs) will help distinguish if a bone is bruised or fractured. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a stress fracture or a bruised bone?

How to know if I have a stress fracture or a bruised bone?

Via med eval.: Self- diagnosis is not a good approach. Medical history, x-ray and physical exam normally can rule in or rule out a fracture ; provide an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can you tell if I have a broken bone?

How can you tell if I have a broken bone?

Pain, swelling. : If something hurts, is swollen, is bruised, or doesn't seem to be aligned the way you remember it, see your doctor for an x-ray. X-rays are the best way to tell definitively if a bone is broken. ...Read more

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Bus knocked a signpost over, which then fell onto shoulder. How can you tell if collar bone is broken? What should I do to help it heal if not broken?

Collar bone.: Collar bone fractures are often obvious as the overlying skin is thin and the bone can be felt directly below. Generally fractures of the clavicle are not of much consequence. Heat / ice / non steroidal anti inflammatories and rest. ...Read more

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

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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How do you tell if you have a broken or fractured arm?

They are the same: There is no difference between a break and fracture when referring to a bone. You need an x-ray to determine whether this has happened to you. Have it done asap. ...Read more

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Can i tell if I have a hairline fracture or pulled/injured ligaments?

See a doctor: An x-ray will need to be taken to rule out a fracture and then an exam to determine ligament injury. ...Read more

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What can I do to tell if I have a foot injury after having a longboarding fall?

What can I do to tell if I have a foot injury after having a longboarding fall?

See below: If you are concerned about a fracture then you will need an x-ray. An injury will be indicated by pain, swelling, bruising, difficulty standing or walking. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a strain, sprain, sore, injury, or bone damage?

How can you tell if you have a strain, sprain, sore, injury, or bone damage?

After an exam: You need an exam, xray to make sure the bones are not injured, and after testing the range of movements by that area you can have an idea about strain, and injury, pain is the indicator of the state of soreness and strain. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a fractured arm or a bone contusion?

How to tell if I have a fractured arm or a bone contusion?

Level of pain: A stable, nondisplaced arm fracture may present similar to a severe contusion. Typically, a fracture will hurt for a longer period of time. Also, a fracture usually can be diagnosed with radiographs. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a seperated or dislocated shoulder?

How can you tell if you have a seperated or dislocated shoulder?

Shoulder: The most definitive way to diagnose this is via a set of xray from various angles. Experienced physicians can usually (but not always) diagnose by palpation/exam. ...Read more

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How to tell if you have a sprained ankle or if it's broken?

How to tell if you have a sprained ankle or if it's broken?

X-ray & med eval: The only way to definitively differentiate is with an x-ray and a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a dislocated rib or a collapsed lung?

How can you tell if you have a dislocated rib or a collapsed lung?

Pain: The usual symptoms are pain, principally on breathing, and shortness of breath. Confirmation is by chest x-ray. ...Read more

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How can you tell if i fractured or broke or just sprained my ankle?

How can you tell if i fractured or broke or just sprained my ankle?

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 ankle, 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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How can you tell if you have a cracked or fractured tailbone after fall skiing?

Xray: Though there may not be any treatment (casting) or surgery for it that is the only way to know if it is broken. ...Read more

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Can someone please tell me how to tell if my heel is cracked or fractured, etc. ?

Be seen: If you had sufficient mechanism to have fractured it and it is painful to bear weight, it could certainly be fractured. Consider being seen, an exam and appropriate studies will likely reveal the issue. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long does a fractured tailbone take to heal?

Depends: some people nad some bones heal faster of slower in general it is at least 6 weeks to some early stability / 3 months to pretty good stability and at least 6 months to "full" healing although it can take a whole lot longer and to fully remodel bone certainly does take longer good vit D level helps things to heal up a bit quicker IMHO ...Read more

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How to tell if i broke/fractured my tailbone?

X-ray: Your doctor can order an x-ray or other radiographic study combined with medical history and physical examination to make this determination. ...Read more

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I went to care now for xray, unrelated they said my tailbone was broken but it was old injury. Can you tell from xray if broken bone is old injury??

Yes,: you can usually tell an old healed fracture from an acute fracture on xray. The sacrum/coccyx is sometimes problematic because it is often not well visualized on xray due to overlapping structures, and there is a wide range of normal angulation which can sometimes be mistaken for a fracture. ...Read more

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Hello- I fell 1/1/15, after Xrays, bone scans and MRI's I was finally told I had indeed fractured my coccyx. Here are the findings from my MRI from 10/16/15 (10.5 months after my fall) I'm looking for options* Ganglion impar block cause more pain* Findin

Hello- I fell 1/1/15, after Xrays, bone scans and MRI's I was finally told I had indeed fractured my coccyx.  Here are the findings from my MRI from 10/16/15 (10.5 months after my fall) I'm looking for options* Ganglion impar block cause more pain*
Findin

Fracture healed ?: By now a fracture has healed. You need evaluation, and consideration of an injection in the tender area. This woudl be a simple injection depending on the findings. See your physician. Uncertin what ganglin impar block cause more pain* findin means ...Read more

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30 yrs old, broke clavicle skiing in feb. Just broke again bowling! close to original fracture. Any ideas on how this is possible, given my age?

Clavicle fracture: Are you sure it was healed from original fracture? Sometimes you can have a clavicular nonunion (never healed), but can aggravate the nonunion and will cause pain. It may have never healed in the first place, but then became asymptomatic, then it became symptomatic while bowling. ...Read more

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Can a collarbone with hairline fracture (landed on it while skiing downhill) heal incorrectly? Have a bump where it broke then can't feel rest of it.

Callus: The bump is called a bony callus, and is a normal part of the healing process. Assuming you don't have a displaced fracture, it's likely you'll have no long-term deformity there. ...Read more

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My daughter (5year) a fracture near right elbow early nov, and the cast was taken off 4 weeks later. Is it ok for her to ski this christmas?

Likely ok: 5 yr old kids will usually heal quickly. Depending upon the fracture type, it will likely be well enough healed by christmas time (7 wks after the original injury). ...Read more

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How long does it take swelling from sprain of knee to go away. I fell skiing yesterday, X-ray showed no fracture but fluid on my knee. Still swollen!

How long does it take swelling from sprain of knee to go away. I fell skiing yesterday, X-ray showed no fracture but fluid on my knee. Still swollen!

Difficult to say...: Although the x-rays of your knee showed no fractures, there are other structures in the knee that are not visible on x-ray that may have been damaged. Soft tissue structures like the meniscus and ligaments of the knee are oftentimes injured with falls. If your swelling doesn't subside within a week, i recommend getting an MRI of the knee. ...Read more

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My daughter (13) received a concussion skiing. E.R. Ct scan showed no fractures or bleeding. She has had retro amnesia for 3 days, will this pass?

Most improve: Fortunately most young people have a great healing potential and the odds are she will do well but may never regain memory of the actual event. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 7 year old son broke his lower leg (tibia / fibia fracture) skiing 4 mo's ago and has recovered. But he has yet to gain his full mobility. Should he do physical therapy? He's a pretty active boy

My 7 year old son broke his lower leg (tibia / fibia fracture) skiing 4 mo's ago and has recovered.  But he has yet to gain his full mobility.  Should he do physical therapy?  He's a pretty active boy

Yes ,it helps: 7 yr old will recover fast , heal fast , can gain strength and movements on his own , . Physical therapy , will make recovery fast, will recognize weak group of muscles, any nerve entrapment will recognize & corrects it and prevent complications, speak to his ortho .Surgeon. ...Read more

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What to do if i need help with a cracked or fractured ring finger how do I diagnose it and treat it myself?

Don't treat yourself: The ring finger is very important with respect to grip strength of your hand. Orthopaedic surgeons spend years training in order to diagnose and treat these injuries properly. Do yourself a favor and see an orthopaedic surgeon or go to an er or urgent care center to have an xray and receive proper treatment. ...Read more

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Landed wrong on trampoline and my back cracked. Could I have fractured it? What to do?

Strain vs fracture: You should have a physical evaluation and xrays to determine if there is a fracture. No neurologic symptoms is a good sign... ...Read more

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How long is recovery for fractured spine and a cracked skull?

How long is recovery for fractured spine and a cracked skull?

Depends: The bones take about 12 weeks to heal enough to take normal loads, though "minor" injuries may not need much protection. If there is injury to the nearby soft tissues (brain, spinal cord, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments, disks, muscles) the recovery could be more complex and lengthy. The severity of the bone injury also impacts recovery. ...Read more

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What to do if i fractured my elbow 8 weeks ago and there is a crack every now and again when i move it.?

What to do if i fractured my elbow 8 weeks ago and there is a crack every now and again when i move it.?

Elbow clicking: Elbow clicking after fracture is not unusual. Make sure to report this to your treating physician as an x-ray may be the best way to confirm that the fracture is indeed healed. ...Read more

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Fractured or cracked skull fatal?

Fractured or cracked skull fatal?

Not usually: View the skull like a motorcycle helmet. With trauma, you want protection, and if the helmet breaks, it is likely that the head will not. The skull protects the brain, and usually fractures are like the helmet, i.e., the brain is safe. However, some skull fractures are in bad places, and result in hemorrhages (middle meningeal artery). Few head injuries are fatal, but many cause brain trauma. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Roh
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Coccyx (Definition)

Coccyx is the triangular piece of bone at the end of the spine. It is commonly ...Read more