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Is it possible to feel the difference between a sprained and broken wrist?

Is it possible to feel the difference between a sprained and broken wrist?

Sometimes: It is clearly evident based on appearance feel and deformity a while at other times x-rays or even MRI is needed. ...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


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Please tell me, could a broken wrist heal in 3 weeks?

Please tell me, could a broken wrist heal in 3 weeks?

Wrist fractures : Generally take 6-8 weeks to heal meaning the fracture line is "gone" however a hairline fracture in a healthy adult may feel "healed@ ie pain free and be suitable for part time splinting after 3 weeks depending upon the circumstances . Children's fractures are different as kids heal faster and buckle fractures are technically stable . Still most buckle fractured are more comfortable casted. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your broken wrist never healed properly?

How can you tell if your broken wrist never healed properly?

Simple answer: X-rays and/ or ct scan. If you still have pain, deformity, or loss of function, then radiographic imaging can determine healing, in regard to bony union and alignment. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will a broken wrist take to heal?

Can someone tell me how long will a broken wrist take to heal?

4-8 weeks as : There is a wide range from a nondisplaced hairline fracture to a severely fragmented fracture . When fractures are fixed operatively we also will often get the wrist out of a cast sooner . Much depends upon the severity of the injury. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a broken wrist and a sprung wrist?

How to tell the difference between a broken wrist and a sprung wrist?

Xray: If the bone is obviously sticking out or you can't move your wrist without severe pain, it's likely broken, however you can't really know without an Xray of the wrist. Once the xray is negative, we would consider it a sprain if there is pain and swelling over the area without evidence of fracture. ...Read more

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Broken wrist or broken vein, how can I tell?

Big difference.: A broken wrist is usually very painful and there will be swelling and limitation of motion. There may also be deformity of the appearance. A broken vein usually causes some black and blue around the area and tends to get better relatively quickly. If any doubt, you should either see your md or go to an urgent care. ...Read more

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De Quervains Tendonosis or Broken Wrist? How can I tell the difference? Was Diag 12-25 but now whole hand hurts and wrist + Limited mobility.

De Quervains Tendonosis or Broken Wrist? How can I tell the difference? Was Diag 12-25 but now whole hand hurts and wrist + Limited mobility.

X-rays & exam: Dequervians disease will cause pain in the first compartment of your hand however if you had trauma or your whole hand hurts you need a full physical exam , X-rays and you need to rest , ice, and elevate your hand take ibuprofen 800 mg three times a day after checking a pregnancy test. Tests for carpal tunnel syndrome and other conditions indicated. See a hand surgeon and good luck. Don't worry ...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 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

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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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How can I tell if my wrist is sprained, fractured, or broken?

How can I tell if my wrist is sprained, fractured, or broken?

Wrist: Xray, good history that describes the mechanism of injury with the amount of energy involved, good physical exam by an er doc/orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I was just wondering how can you tell if your wrist or arm is sprained?

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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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" 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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I need to know if my wrist and elbow are fractured or sprained. How can I tell?

I need to know if my wrist and elbow are fractured or sprained. How can I tell?

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 wrist, 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 do I tell if my wrist is broken or sprained without going to the doctor?

How do I tell if my wrist is broken or sprained without going to the doctor?

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 wrist, 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