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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
-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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If the pain in the foot does start for several after after a fall, does that usually indicate a sprain or break?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Severely sprained my ankle in July. (6 months ago). Worse than a break they said, and my ankle is still swollen and shifted down than the other ankle?
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
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