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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)

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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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Rest at beginning of injury
Once
Use ice to decrease swelling and pain
Once
Use compression such as a soft brace or bandage
Once
Keep injury elevated
Once
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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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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Rest
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Ice your ankle
Once
Use compression
Once
Elevate your ankle
Once
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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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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Ice
20 Min, Hourly for 1 day
Elevate
20 Min, Hourly for 1 day
Provide compression with a brace/wrap
12 Hrs, Daily for 1 week
See a specialist to differentiate sprain versus tear of the ligament
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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

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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