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Dr. Ankur Dharia
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Can you tell the difference between a sprain and a break in the wrist an xray?

Dr. Ankur Dharia
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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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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

Sprains and strains are conditions in which a person has problems with his muscles (strains) and joints (sprains), such as pain, swelling, fractures, restricted movement, or joint instability, due to trauma or excessive exercise. The treatment ...Read more


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Dr. Mark Pack
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Dr. Mark Galland
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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How do you tell the difference between a sprained or twisted ankle?

Dr. Mark Galland
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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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Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
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How can you tell the difference between osteoarthritis vs lumbar sprain ?

Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
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How can you tell the difference between osteoarthritis vs lumbar sprain ?
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Dr. Glenn Aufseeser
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Need advice on what is the the difference between a sprain and a break?

Dr. Glenn Aufseeser
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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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Dr. Marianna Post
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How can I tell the difference between broken, dislocated, or sprained thumb?

Dr. Marianna Post
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How can I  tell the difference between broken, dislocated, or sprained thumb?

By X-ray: Have an x-ray done.

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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How could I tell the difference between a sprained and broken finger?

Dr. Maritza Baez
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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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Dr. Diane Minich
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What's the best way to tell the difference between an intercostal tear/sprain and a minor spleen rupture?

Dr. Diane Minich
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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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Dr. Mark Galland
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What can you do to tell the difference between a sprained or broken finger?

Dr. Mark Galland
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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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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Dr. Eran Kessous
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How to tell the difference between a muscle tear and a sprain with regards to your ankle?

Dr. Eran Kessous
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
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How to tell the difference between a muscle tear and a sprain with regards to your ankle?

Muscle vs ligament: There are no muscles in the ankle joint/apparatus. There are only ligaments and tendons immediately around the ankle. Ligaments and tendons can tear partially or completely rupture. A "sprain" refers to ligament or a tendon injury, and a "strain" refers to a muscle ingury. Regarding the ankle: considering what i stated above, there is no strain, only sprain. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

Sprain is also known as Sprains and strains. A sprain is an injury that results from excessive stretching of a ligament, which is a tough band that connects bone to bone and holds joints in place. Rapid swelling and pain ...Read more


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