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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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How to tell difference between wrist sprain and fracture?

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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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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


Dr. Troy Reyna
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How to determine the difference between a wrist fracture and a wrist sprain?

Dr. Troy Reyna
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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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Dr. Richard Makowiec
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How can I determine between a wrist fracture and a wrist sprain?

Dr. Richard Makowiec
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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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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
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Can a wrist sprain be worse to recover from than a fracture?

Dr. Jeffrey Sider
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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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Dr. Daniel Mass
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Wrist sprain or fracture? What are sympotoms?

Dr. Daniel Mass
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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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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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How do I know if it is a wrist sprain or fracture?

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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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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Dr. Gregory Harvey
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What is the difference between a sprained wrist and a fractured wrist?

Dr. Gregory Harvey
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What is the difference between a sprained wrist and a fractured wrist?

Sprain: A sprain involves tearing of the wrist ligaments whereas a fracture also includes a breaking of the wrist bones. ...Read more

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Dr. Marc Dehart
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How to tell if my wrist is fractured or sprained?

Dr. Marc Dehart
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How to tell if my wrist is fractured or sprained?

Fracture vs sprain: Best way is with an xray.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can someone tell me how to know if my wrist broken, fractured or sprained?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can someone tell me how to know if my wrist broken, fractured or sprained?

This can be: Determined by x-ray.

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Is there a way to tell if my wrist is sprained or fractured?

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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" arent 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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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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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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