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Hello, I'm a 13 year old boy, with a possible sprained ankle, and I wondered the severity of it. Swollen, no weight bear, instable. I think, can'twalk?

Hello, I'm a 13 year old boy, with a possible sprained ankle, and I wondered the severity of it. Swollen, no weight bear, instable. I think, can'twalk?

Time for a visit: At your age you are more likely to have a chip fracture of growth plate injury in the bones of the lower leg than a sprain. Elevate it when you can and keep it cool for the 1st 48 hours to reduce pain and swelling. However, you need to be examined and possibly an an x-ray to determine the proper therapy. ...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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Tell me what's a grade 2 sprain?

Tell me what's a grade 2 sprain?

It depends: There are several different grading systems. Some are supposed to apply to all joints while others intended to apply to certain joints only. However, most have 3 different grades where grade 1 is the most mild and grade 3 is the worst. So, a grade 2 is right in the middle. What that means regarding treatment and prognosis cannot be answered without knowing more info. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a sprained rotator cuff or a torn one?

How can I tell if I have a sprained rotator cuff or a torn one?

Ultrasound: I have found an ultrasound performed in the office is a very effective diagnostic test to diagnose rotator cuff tear. An MRI is also very good, but has higher cost, and typically requires a scheduled appointment separate from the office visit. ...Read more

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How to tell if my finger is sprained?

How to tell if my finger is sprained?

Pain and motion: A sprain would mean that the joints of the finger are not unstable but that they are sore and have decreased motion after an injury. If this is the case, you likely have a sprain. You can always see your doctor for an exam to be sure. ...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 to tell if I sprained or tore a ligament?

How to tell if I sprained or tore a ligament?

Sprain equals tear: Technically a sprain is a tear of a ligament. There are diffent grades of tearing. Typically 1: just a stretch: 2; an incomplete tear and 3; torn completely. Some ligaments rarely partial tear ie. Anterior cruciate in knee. Some (medial collateral in knee, anterior talofibular in ankle) frequently are graded injuries.
If joint is unstable or hurts really bad: you have a torn ligament. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my elbow is broken or sprained?

How can I tell if my elbow is broken or sprained?

Elbow sprain: Typically sprains heal over 6-8 weeks, however severe sprains or complete tears sometimes require reconstructive surgery. Initial rest and ice with anti inflammatories help. If your elbow moves but is very painful, or if you cannot move it at all, I would see your orthopedist to rule out a fracture. Fractures may having a catching or crunching feeling when trying to move your elbow. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to know if my finger is sprained?

Can someone tell me how to know if my finger is sprained?

Sprain: Hi there! If you hit it hard or had it pulled to the side and one of the joints is sore especially to the touch and slightly swollen, chances are it's sprained. Make sure all the joints move normally and there's no snapping to make sure it's not a tendon injury. Sprains usually hurt for 2-3 months. No specific treatment unless it's unstable. Hopefully that helps! ...Read more

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How can you tell if an ankle is sprained?

How can you tell if an ankle is sprained?

Ankle sprain: Swelling and pain are the first signs of an ankle sprain. It is more common to sprain the outside part of the ankle rather than inside, back, or front. Swelling generally occurs around the area of sprain and bruising may be present too. Getting it checked out by your pcp or referred for further evaluation for severity and treatment. ...Read more

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How can I tell that I have sprained my wrist?

How can I tell that I have sprained my wrist?

Wrist Pain: You may not be able to tell the difference between a wrist sprain or fracture in the immediate aftermath of a FOSH-fall on outstretched hand injury without an ER evaluation and X-ray. Wrist fractured are one of the most commonly missed injuries but if your wrist hurts because you are on a keyboard all day or work as a server, driver or hairdresser it is likely due to occupational repetitive strain ...Read more

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What are some ways to tell if I sprained my wrist?

What are some ways to tell if I sprained my wrist?

Pain swelling: Rest ice compression and elevation are hallmarks of initial treatment but however don't think "sprain" just because someone said you didn't fracture. There are many sprains that are severe and need treatment, just as there are small tiny injuries. There are also fractures that are not seen on initial films. X-rays may reveal malignant without fracture, MRI showed ligament relationships. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I sprained or strained my wrist?

How can I tell if I sprained or strained my wrist?

Get evaluated: It is really hard to diagnose on-line. Was there a trauma? Did you fall or did it just come about all of a sudden?

Simple sprains and strains take about 10 days to go away. If it has been longer you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I sprained my hand?

Can you tell me if I sprained my hand?

I: I don't think anyone can tell by the fact that you have less or more pain. A bad sprain can hurt as much as a fracture. A bruised or "jammed" joint can hurt a lot if there is a lot of swelling. An x-ray will help and an exam in person. Your should include more detail if you ask again. Can I tell you if your hand is sprained, sure I'm capable of that with exam details of making better guestimate. ...Read more

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How can you tell if I sprained my ankle?

How can you tell if I sprained my ankle?

Ankle sprain: Swelling and pain are the first signs of an ankle sprain. It is more common to sprain the outside part of the ankle rather than inside, back, or front. Swelling generally occurs around the area of sprain and bruising may be present too. Getting it checked out by your pcp or referred for further evaluation for severity and treatment. ...Read more

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How to tell if you have a sprained ankle or if it's broken?

How to tell if you have a sprained ankle or if it's broken?

X-ray & med eval: The only way to definitively differentiate is with an x-ray and a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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I don't konw if my arm is fractured or sprained. How can I tell?

I don't konw if my arm is fractured or sprained. How can I tell?

Need an X-ray: After an clinical evaluation, and xray would be the only way to determine the presence of a fracture. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if you sprain your ankle and ignore it?

Could you tell me what happens if you sprain your ankle and ignore it?

Future unstable ankl: Ignoring a sprain can lead to reinjury and chronically unstable ankle joint. ...Read more

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Ankle kinda rolled, have I sprained or strained my ankle, how can I tell?

Ankle kinda rolled, have I sprained or strained my ankle, how can I tell?

GRADE I: We as doctors usually divide the severity of a sprain into "Grades", with Grade I being the least severe. This would most closely approximate a "strain."
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How can you tell if you sprained or fractured your foot?

How can you tell if you sprained or fractured your foot?

Get an X-ray: Sometimes it's hard to differentiate. Getting x-rays will clear up any confusion. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my foot is fractured or sprained?

Go to the podiatrist: You need to have your foot examined and xrays would be able to tell if you have fractured anything. ...Read more

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How can you tell if ankle is sprained or broken?

How can you tell if ankle is sprained or broken?

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 ankle, 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 can I tell if my thumb is broken or sprained?

How can I tell if my thumb is broken or sprained?

See Hand surgeon: See a hand surgeon and get an x-ray. Fractures or ligament injuries can be identified and treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what it's like to sprain your wrist?

Can you tell me what it's like to sprain your wrist?

A simple splint: From over the counter may be useful still. However the term sprain has many meanings, and is used to mean "negative" xrays by many but there can be a fracture not seen, a ligament injury, tendonitis, joint pain, carticlage tears, tendon injury and a whole lot of things thrown into the non fracture "sprain " category so if you are not better...... Get seen soon. ...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