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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

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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

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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?

Swelling: There is usually more swelling and defomity and pain with fracture. If pain/discomfort increases rather than getting better over time, have it checked for a fracture. ...Read more

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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

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

Rest
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Ice your ankle
Once
Use compression
Once
Elevate your ankle
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Wrist sprain or fracture? What are sympotoms?

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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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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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Broken bone is also known as Fracture. A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more

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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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