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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

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 you tell the difference between a sprained or twisted ankle?

How do you tell the difference between a sprained or twisted ankle?

Twist = Sprain: In most cases people tend to use the terms "sprained" and "twisted" synonomously when describing ankle injuries. However, it is important to point out that in most cases a sprain (ligament damage) usually comes from a twisting mechanism (also known as inversion or eversion) of the ankle. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between a sprain and a break?

Need advice on what is the the difference between a sprain and a break?

Sprain vs break: A sprain is caused by damage done to the ligaments of the body. A break is a bone injury. A strain is caused by damage to a tendon. ...Read more

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How could I tell the difference between a sprained and broken finger?

How could I tell the difference between a sprained and broken finger?

Xray: Unfortunately you can't know for sure without getting an xray done. See a doctor if you have pain after an injury. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between a sprained or broken finger?

What can you do to tell the difference between a sprained or broken finger?

Finger Fracture: An x-ray and examination by an orthopedic physician is the best and most accurate way to determine this. He/she will be able to determine the appropriate course of treatment and return to activity guidelines. Hope this helps and best of luck! ...Read more

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What's the best way to tell the difference between an intercostal tear/sprain and a minor spleen rupture?

What's the best way to tell the difference between an intercostal tear/sprain and a minor spleen rupture?

Need to see a doctor: for a more detailed history, physical exam and possible testing, Do not try to self diagnose. ...Read more

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How do I tell the difference between a hyperextended thumb and a sprained thumb i hurt it playing vball & now hurts when pressure is being applied

How do I tell the difference between a hyperextended thumb and a sprained thumb  i hurt it playing vball & now hurts when pressure is being applied

Same condition: A sprain is an injury to a ligament that holds bones together at a joint. This is likely what you have. Warm soaks and rest can help to heal. Sometimes it an take several months for all the pain to resolve. Avoid repetitious injury by wearing a protective splint while playing. ...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