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How to tell difference between wrist sprain and fracture?

How to tell difference between wrist sprain and fracture?

Exam and imaging: Wrist fractures may seen on standard x-rays and additional studies such as bone scan or MRI may be helpful sprains may be postivie finding in that here is no fracture but bones may be out of linel. A careful history and exam is also very important as you correctly implied it can be confusing so seek out so called experts such as a hand surgeon or orthopedic surgeon who specializes in han. ...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 to determine the difference between a wrist fracture and a wrist sprain?

How to determine the difference between a wrist fracture and a wrist sprain?

Sprain or fracture: Quite simply a sprain involves a ligament injury and a fracture involves a bone with a crack or some other defect x-rays tell us a lot as well as exam so I'm sprains are worse than some fractures and some fractures are much worse than some sprains. Whatever one has a fracture or sprain the proper treatment can make a huge difference in getting back to your activities ...Read more

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Wrist sprain or fracture? What are sympotoms?

Pain and swelling: After a fall type of injury you can injure your wrist. A fracture is a break in one of the eight small wrist bones. The thumb sided scaphoid is the most common to fracture and the most common to not heal. Any suspicion requires immobilization. A sprain is a stretch to a complete tear of the stabilizing ligaments. To miss this injury can lead to arthritis. All sprain need acute immobilization. ...Read more

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How do I know if it is a wrist sprain or fracture?

How do I know if it is a wrist sprain or fracture?

X-ray: Both cause pain and limited mobility, x-ray will tell us if you have fracture or not. ...Read more

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Can a wrist sprain be worse to recover from than a fracture?

Can a wrist sprain be worse to recover from than a fracture?

Sometimes: Most wrist fractures can be treated with cast immobilizaton and
will typically heal in about 6 weeks. Sometimes with a sprain
one can develop different types of carpal instability which can
lead to long term problems like arthritic changes. Swelling and
pain. So sometimes a sprain can be worse in the long run than a fracture. ...Read more

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How can I determine between a wrist fracture and a wrist sprain?

How can I determine between a wrist fracture and a wrist sprain?

See a hand surgeon: An xray and a good clinical examination should easily be able to distinguish between the two. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a hand fracture and a hand sprain?

What is the difference between a hand fracture and a hand sprain?

Exam and imaging: Hand fractures may seen on standard x-rays and additional studies such as bone scan or MRI may be helpful sprains may be postivie finding in that here is no fracture but bones may be out of linel. A careful history and exam is also very important as you correctly implied it can be confusing so seek out so called experts such as a hand surgeon ...Read more

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What is the difference between a hand sprain and a hand fracture?

A lot: A sprain is an injury of the tendons or ligaments. A fracture is a broken bone. Both can be a serious problem even requiring surgical treatment. Others may require only splinting or casting and others may not require anything except time and restricted activities in order to heal. ...Read more

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Is there a way to tell if my wrist is sprained or fractured?

Is there a way to tell if my wrist is sprained or fractured?

An exam followed by: An appropriately selected xray is a good start. The wrist is complex and "sprains" aren't necessarily treated all the same as the injury can be mild or complex/ even with a negative x-ray. A fracture can differ in its appearance just by varying the view of the x-ray so while a standard traum series of xrays helps rule out an obvious fracture there are many injuries that need special views/studies. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my wrist is sprained, fractured, or broken?

How can I tell if my wrist is sprained, fractured, or broken?

Wrist: Xray, good history that describes the mechanism of injury with the amount of energy involved, good physical exam by an er doc/orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I need to know if my wrist and elbow are fractured or sprained. How can I tell?

I need to know if my wrist and elbow are fractured or sprained. How can I tell?

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 wrist, 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 long will it take a moderate wrist sprain to heal?

How long will it take a moderate wrist sprain to heal?

Sprain to heal: It may be sore for several months but most injuries are healed within 6 weeks. ...Read more

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My doctor told me I have a high wrist sprain how long do I need to let it heel?

New diagnosis: This could be tendon and it may take three or more weeks, and if there's any fracture in the area six weeks. You need to see a hand specialist and get this clarified. As your physician to have you see one. ...Read more

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How long should I take off work for a wrist sprain?

It depend: This sprain grade one or two or three. Some time sprain need a cast or brace. If you have disc job you could return to it the next day. ...Read more

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What should I do to help this heal? Did dumbell curl, felt sharp pain on the underside of my wrist. Was 2 hrs ago pain the same. Is it a wrist sprain?

Strain: Hi KristinaM, its likely just a strain and dissipate with time. You may notice some mild discomfort and minor swelling over the next few days. It can take as long as a week to heal. If the pain worsens or swelling becomes dramatic or if you have loss of function, it may be a bit more serious and would require a visit to your doctor. Ice and anti inflammatories can helpful for symptoms. ...Read more

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Spontaneous pain in hand 2 months after wrist sprain, but the sprain is healing. How come I have random pain all of a sudden?

Wrist sprain: You should have that pain evaluated by your doctor. There is a bone in the wrist called the navicular bone that can be fractured when you injure your wrist but not show up on x ray for a couple weeks. It can stay painful for a long time if not found and treated properly. ...Read more

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Is a sprained wrist more likely to fracture?

Yes: A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments — the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect one bone to another in your joints. The most common location for a sprain is in your ankle. The wrist will be weaken by the sprain and will be more likely to break. ...Read more

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Wrist sprain over two months ago. Splint didn't help. Is severe pain still. Do you think a cast would help for two weeks or so? That way it can rest?

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Wrist sprain over two months ago. Splint didn't help. Is severe pain still. Do you think a cast would help for two weeks or so? That way it can rest?

Get rechecked: Without more information it is hard to give you an exact answer. However, wrist fractures are notorious for not showing up on initial X-Rays for a variety of reasons. If you are still having pain it is appropriate to have the wrist reevaluated. If you could avoid immobilization that is better for long term function. You also could have a tendon injury which may need MRI or physical therapy ...Read more

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Symptoms of sprained wrist compared to some sort of forearm fracture?

Symptoms of sprained wrist compared to some sort of forearm fracture?

Symptoms: See where it is the most tender. If over bone could be fracture of tha distal radius or ulna. If over the wrist joint specifically more likely a sprain but wrist bone can fracture. Get an x-ray to be sure. ...Read more

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Wrist sprain been 4 weeks pain with wieght specialist took MRI which suggested dorsal capsular sprain and 1-2mm perforation in tfcc. How long to recover?

Wrist sprain been 4 weeks pain with wieght specialist took MRI which suggested dorsal capsular sprain and 1-2mm perforation in tfcc. How long to recover?

A long time.: Dorsal ligament injuries, classified as wrist sprains, can take longer to stop hurting than many fractures. In my experience this is usually 6 weeks to 3 months. Occasionally longer if activity is not limited and the injured area is continually stressed. Immobilization is key to get the ligaments to heal by cast or full time bracing (removing only for hygiene). It can be frustrating ; painful! ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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


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