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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

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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How do you know the difference between a sprained or fractured ankle?

How do you know the difference between a sprained or fractured ankle?

Have it x-rayed: 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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How do you tell the diffeurence between a femur fracture and a bruise?

How do you tell the diffeurence between a femur fracture and a bruise?

fracture vs bruise: You need an evaluation by a doctor and likely an xray. Usually you cannot walk on a broken femur, while you can on a bruise. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how can u know the difference between a torn muscle and a sprain?

Can you tell me how can u know the difference between a torn muscle and a sprain?

Sprain implies a: Ligament injury. A torn muscle can be a strain which is essentially a stretch just beyond the normal elastic recoil with resultant injury while a true tear of a muscle means usually that the muscle unit is grossly disrupted similar to when a laceration occurs. A ligament sprain can be partial grade 1 stretch, grade 2 which implies stretch beyond elastic limit or a rupture ( grade 3). ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between a bite and a zit?

How do you tell the difference between a bite and a zit?

Difficult: At times its hard to tell the difference the bits has a central hole yet a pimple may develop the same. I rec. you go to the doctor or ER have it looked at possibly cultured ...Read more

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Between a stress fracture and tendontis, how do you tell the difference?

Bone vs. soft tissue: Stress fracture involves injurying a bone and most of time is detected by xray. Tendonitis is inflammation of soft tissue structure tendon. The inflammation may be clinical diagnosis by examination or sometimes could entail ultrasound or mr examination. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a bed sore or a pimple?

How can you tell the difference between  a bed sore or a pimple?

Area lesion is found: Bed sore is inflammed and may have drainage. Pimple may have head to it or sore center point. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a stress fracture and tendonitis?

How can you tell the difference between a stress fracture and tendonitis?

X-ray: They may co-exist but by definition a stress fracture will typically be confirmed by some imaging technique, usually plain x-ray but possibly MRI or bone scan. The diagnosis can be made but not confirmed in the absence of positive imaging if the history is right and no other diagnoses fit. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a broken toe and a fractured toe?

How can you tell the difference between a broken toe and a fractured toe?

With an X-ray: Semantically, a fractured toe indicates that the bone (phalanges) are actually cracked. It is a broken toe. However, some doctors also call a dislocated toe (without the actual fracture) a broken toe. So when you are told you have a broken toe, you may want to ask specifically if there is a fracture, if it is just dislocated or both! ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between a knockout and a concussion?

I want to know what is the difference between a knockout and a concussion?

Unconscious: With a knock out, there is a definite loss of consciousness. With a concussion, there may or may not be a loss of consciousness. Frequently with a concussion, the patient may be awake during and after the incident. They may still have a dazed appearance and not be able to answer questions appropriately (the sidelines test). ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a broken rib and a pulled rib muscle? What should I do for either one?

How can you tell the difference between a broken rib and a pulled rib muscle? What should I do for either one?

Difficult: Early on, the symptoms of rib fracture and pulled muscle may be very similar. With a broken rib, there should also be tenderness over the fracture site. Pulled muscles with resolve with time and simple treatment. If they symptoms do not decrease after several days, a cxr would be appropriate. ...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 do you tell the difference between a calf strain and DVT?

How do you tell the difference between a calf strain and DVT?

Ultrasound: If you really suspect that you have DVT or even superficial thrombophlebitis, an ultrasound or non-invasive scan would be the way to go to check for blood clots. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between a period and a problem vaginal bleeding?

See below: In general, your beriod should be cyclic and predictable. Excluding pregnancy, any other bleeding would be considered pathologic. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between a stress fracture of metatarsals and a ligament tear?

How do you tell the difference between a stress fracture of metatarsals and a ligament tear?

X-ray: An x-ray will tell you if you have a fracture although sometimes it does not show for 10 days after injury. ...Read more

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Do I have an abscess or is it just a gum infection? How to tell the difference between the two?

Do I have an abscess or is it just a gum infection? How to tell the difference between the two?

Similar entities: A typical oral abscess is usually related to a non-vital tooth (the nerve has died). A gum infection is related to the accumulation of plaque and calculus (tartar). Abscesses usually cause more pain and swelling and may result in a 'bump' on the gum where the abscess is draining. Gum infections usually are less painful, less swollen and there is rarely a 'bump' on the gum. ...Read more

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How can u tell the difference between a torn and a pulled muscle?

How can u tell the difference between a torn and a pulled muscle?

A matter of Degree.: Simply stated, a pulled muscle is actually a torn muscle, but at a microscopic level. Compare that to a torn muscle, which will involve swelling, bruising and a high degree of pain, as opposed to a pulled muscle. Torn muscles may also show varying degrees of an actual deformity of the muscle mass itself as well as restricted muscle range. ...Read more

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How do you know the difference from have a kidney pain or a pregnancy?

How do you know the difference from have a kidney pain or a pregnancy?

Pain location: Kidney pain is located in the flank, deep to lower ribs in the back.Pain can radiate round to front with kidney stone that gets stuck in lower ureter.Either can be associated with blood in urine or stone history.Pregnancy normally not associated with pain, however tubal pregnancy can cause excrutiating pain in low abdomen, if present occurs about 6 weeks into pregnancy & thus after a missed period ...Read more

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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