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Expert opinions? Which one is worse: third degree sprain vs break?

Expert opinions? Which one is worse: third degree sprain vs break?

Depends on the joint: Or area of each. Often in a third degree, there can even be avulsions that cause more problems. I personally think a simple break would be better than a third degree in many different situations, especially with really bad ankle sprains when you actually tear ligamentous structures. ...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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Yesterday afternoon i missed a step and fell. I twisted my ankle and heard a pop. I did the rice treatment all evening. Sprain vs break?

Yesterday afternoon i missed a step and fell.  I twisted my ankle and heard a pop. I did the rice treatment all evening.  Sprain vs break?

X-ray : Rice treatment was excellent. Hearing 'pops' and having signifigant ankle pain , swelling , bruising are all consistent with ankle sprains and ankle fractures. Some people are even able to bear weight on a broken ankle. Good quality x-says will differentiate between the two..! see your pcp or orthopedic surgeon. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between a sprain and a break?

Need advice on what is the the difference between a sprain and a break?

Sprain vs break: A sprain is caused by damage done to the ligaments of the body. A break is a bone injury. A strain is caused by damage to a tendon. ...Read more

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How can I break a sprained wrist?

How can I break a sprained wrist?

Too much force: Sometimes injured areas are weak and may be more susceptible to further injury if there is a degree of weakness. An external force applied onto or around the injured site may cause further more serious damage. Have the sprain treated appropriately to avoid further damage. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a break/sprain in my wrist?

How to tell if I have a break/sprain in my wrist?

X-ray necessary: Both can be very painfull and movement can aggravate the pain with both. An x-ray is needed to differentiate betwen the two. ...Read more

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What could I do to break/sprain your ankle at home?

What could I do to break/sprain your ankle at home?

Try: Jumping out the window. That always works for me. To be serious, dr. Sung's advice to be careful on stairs is very important, but sometimes a simple mis-step is enough to twist/sprain/break your ankle. Only an x-ray can determine if you have a break though. Ice, rest, elevation, and if you're not much better in 24 hours, go see a podiatrist or orthopedist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to break/sprain your boyfriend's penis? If so, how?

Is it possible to break/sprain your boyfriend's penis? If so, how?

Penis: It is possible to fracture the penis when it's erect. This would create a "pop" followed by pain and bruising. This should be evaluated by an urologist if suspected. ...Read more

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What to do if i sprained my ankle, and i'm trying to tough it out. Can it turn into a break if not treated?

What to do if i sprained my ankle, and i'm trying to tough it out. Can it turn into a break if not treated?

You may have one...: Ankle sprains can sometimes result in fractures in the foot, particularly along the 5th metatarsal (and just because you can walk on it, doesn't mean it didn't break). Have it checked out properly by a foot/ankle specialist. If not, you risk having an undetected injury and it could compromise not only your healing but can affect other components of your gait and overall activity level. ...Read more

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Which is worse: an ankle sprain or break?

Which is worse: an ankle sprain or break?

It depends...: Some sprains are severe, involve multiple ligaments and create joint instability, possibly requiring surgery. Some are very mild and only involve rest. The same variability occurs with fractures. Some fractures are unstable and require hardware fixation. Some fractures only require brief immobilization. The key is an accurate diagnosis, very specific treatment advice and often rehabilitation. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have an ankle sprain or break?

X-rays are standard: To determine if there is a fracture. While some fracture lines can be hard to detect, most times if the x-ray taken after an injury is clear, it will be considered a sprain of the ligaments--especially if the ligaments are painful to the touch. ...Read more

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If I sprain my ankle, does this mean its more likely to break down the road?

If I sprain my ankle, does this mean its more likely to break down the road?

Relationship: There is no long term between ankle sprains and an increased rate of ankle fractures in the future. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a sprained wrist and a displaced wrist? There is no break in the bone itself but it is no longer in place.

What is the difference between a sprained wrist and a displaced wrist? There is no break in the bone itself but it is no longer in place.

Displaced: The wrist is made up of 8 "carpal" bones that articulate with the radius and ulna of the forearm and the 5 metacarpals of the palm. So there is no "wrist bone" per se. A sprained anything is simply inflammation and swelling. A displaced bone is one that is out of alignment with itself or at the joint. So a displaced wrist means 1 or more bones is out of alignment to another. ...Read more

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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 much swelling occurs with an ankle sprain compared to a break?

How much swelling occurs with an ankle sprain compared to a break?

Can't tell: The amount of swelling may not be different. It often depends on the amount and type of injury ...Read more

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Can you tell the difference between a sprain and a break in the wrist an xray?

Can you tell the difference between a sprain and a break in the wrist an xray?

Yes you can: In x-rays, a break will generally show as an interruption in the cortex of the bone, with displacement or not. A sprain generally indicates an injury to soft tissues such as ligaments, fascia or tendon, which does not show up on x-ray. Occasionally, a severe sprain may be associated with an avulsion fracture where a ligament actually pulls at its attachment to bone and "avulses". ...Read more

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My sprained ankle has gotten a purple color and it hurts. Did I sprain it or break it?

My sprained ankle has gotten a purple color and it hurts. Did I sprain it or break it?

It could be both?: Color skin changes are natural sequance after sparing or braking your ankle, get an xray to find out if is broken. ...Read more

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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