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How to know if my arm is sprained or fractured?

How to know if my arm is sprained or fractured?

Fractures: Have significant pain, deformity and loss of function. Strains are sore, you can have bruising and the arm can be stiff. If it is a fx the arm can be stabilized by a splint or Cast initially. An X-ray can confirm if there is a fracture and permanent treatment can be either casting, splinting or surgery depending on the fracture. Sprains are treated with rest, ICE and Nsaids. ...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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I do not know if my arm is sprained or fractured?

I do not know if my arm is sprained or fractured?

Have it checked out: The old saying " if I can move it, it must not be broken" is not true. Fractures usually hurt more than sprains, but everyone's pain tolerance is different. If the pain is significant and it hurts to move the area or touch the region, then it should be checked by a physician, either an urgent care center or an ER doc. ...Read more

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How do I know if my arm is fractured or broken or sprained?

How do I know if my arm is fractured or broken or sprained?

Get an X-ray: An x-ray will allow you to tell if there is a broken bone. If the x-ray does not show a broken bone, then you may have a sprain. ...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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I was just wondering how can you tell if your wrist or arm is sprained?

Many: Pain, swelling, limited motion, tenderness, discoloration are all aigns and symptoms. See an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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How long should I wait before playing volleyball after spraining an arm?

How long should I wait before playing volleyball after spraining an arm?

3 weeks: This is a vague question but in general a sprain is a minor stretch of the ligaments of a joint such as the shoulder, elbow, or wrist. It will feel near normal in 3 weeks. More serious injuries will not feel better and you should seek an orthopedic evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a sprained elbow my symptoms are my arm is very painful to bend and unbend at the elbow?

What are the symptoms of a sprained elbow my symptoms are my arm is very painful to bend and unbend at the elbow?

Have it evaluated.: Your symptoms may be due to fracture, sprains, arthritis, muscle, nerve or tendon injuries. Have the area evaluated so that you may get the appropriate care. ...Read more

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How could I cure a sprained ligament in my arm (elbow)?

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. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a broken, sprain, and fractured arm?

What are the differences between a broken, sprain, and fractured arm?

Simple: Broken or fracture means - arm bone is broken. Sprain means muscle ligaments are streched, torn, or disrupted. ...Read more

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Would a sprained arm feel stiff?

Would a sprained arm feel stiff?

Yes: However, a joint is sprained. There are many joints in the arm, shoulder, elbow, wrist, fingers and thumb. Usually only one of two joints are sprained at a time. Those injures joints are swollen and painful to move. Sometimes, when it is injured enough, you cannot use the joint. At times, immobilization is needed for healing. ...Read more

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Could message therepy cure muscle sprains in arm?

Could message therepy cure muscle sprains in arm?

Arm sprains: Massage can definitely aide in the healing process. Most of the time rest, ice, compression and gentle exercise are also part of the curative process ...Read more

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Carried something heavy 1day ago, arm feels like it's burning, weak, somewhat inflamed. Did I sprain/pull something? Any home remedies?

Carried something heavy 1day ago, arm feels like it's burning, weak, somewhat inflamed. Did I sprain/pull something? Any home remedies?

Possible neuropathy: Neuropathy can happen as a result of trauma, or nerve damage due to the consumption of alcohol or certain medications. Symptoms can range from a numbness and tingling sensation, possibly a burning sensation, to an uncomfortable painful sensation of the extremities. Get evaluated by a professional to determine the exact cause in order to get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I sprained my arm a little over a week ago. How long until I can start my boxing/kickboxing class again?

I sprained my arm a little over a week ago. How long until I can start my boxing/kickboxing class again?

Common sense: Start your boxing/kickboxing slowly- striking can reinjure your arm and worsen your symptoms. If the ligaments are strained, you could do significant damage by doing too much. Keep your strikes to a minimum until the arm is pain free. If you can air-box without pain, try that activity for a couple of weeks. Your family dr. Can help guide you further. Good luck. ...Read more

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I sprained my arm about 10-15 years ago and as a result I cannot do proper manual functions. What should I do?

That is odd: I would have your arm evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon and follow the advice. Hard to tell the problem without more localizing information. ...Read more

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How can I break or sprain my arm or wrist?

How can I break or sprain my arm or wrist?

Avoid injuries: Some may be more susceptible to a fractures due to brittle bones, but for a fracture to take place there usually needs to be some sort of external pressure or force. ...Read more

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How can I relieve a muscle sprain in wrist/arm?

How can I relieve a muscle sprain in wrist/arm?

PRICEMM: Protect- the injured limb
rest- the injured limb
ice- 15-20 minutes to get that deep numb, 2-3 times a day.
Compression- wrap the injured limb to heal swelling.
Elevate-limb to relieve swelling.
Mobility- once the limb is not painful, get it moving around. ...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