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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Is a sprained wrist more likely to fracture?

Yes: A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments — the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect one bone to another in your joints. The most common location for a sprain is in your ankle. The wrist will be weakened by the sprain and will be more likely to break. ...Read more

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Wrist sprain or fracture? What are sympotoms?

Wrist sprain or fracture? What are sympotoms?

Pain and swelling: After a fall type of injury you can injure your wrist. A fracture is a break in one of the eight small wrist bones. The thumb sided scaphoid is the most common to fracture and the most common to not heal. Any suspicion requires immobilization. A sprain is a stretch to a complete tear of the stabilizing ligaments. To miss this injury can lead to arthritis. All sprain need acute immobilization. ...Read more

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How do I know if it is a wrist sprain or fracture?

How do I know if it is a wrist sprain or fracture?

X-ray: Both cause pain and limited mobility, x-ray will tell us if you have fracture or not. ...Read more

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How to tell difference between wrist sprain and fracture?

How to tell difference between wrist sprain and fracture?

Exam and imaging: Wrist fractures may seen on standard x-rays and additional studies such as bone scan or MRI may be helpful sprains may be postivie finding in that here is no fracture but bones may be out of linel. A careful history and exam is also very important as you correctly implied it can be confusing so seek out so called experts such as a hand surgeon or orthopedic surgeon who specializes in han. ...Read more

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How to know if my wrist is sprained or fractured?

How to know if my wrist is sprained or fractured?

Get an x-ray: Get an x-ray and see an Orthpedic 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" 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 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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Can a wrist sprain be worse to recover from than a fracture?

Can a wrist sprain be worse to recover from than a fracture?

Sometimes: Most wrist fractures can be treated with cast immobilizaton and
will typically heal in about 6 weeks. Sometimes with a sprain
one can develop different types of carpal instability which can
lead to long term problems like arthritic changes. Swelling and
pain. So sometimes a sprain can be worse in the long run than a fracture. ...Read more

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How can I determine between a wrist fracture and a wrist sprain?

How can I determine between a wrist fracture and a wrist sprain?

See a hand surgeon: A xray and a good clinical examination should easily be able to distinguish between the two. ...Read more

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How to determine the difference between a wrist fracture and a wrist sprain?

Sprain or fracture: Quite simply a sprain involves a ligament injury and a fracture involves a bone with a crack or some other defect x-rays tell us a lot as well as exam so I'm sprains are worse than some fractures and some fractures are much worse than some sprains. Whatever one has a fracture or sprain the proper treatment can make a huge difference in getting back to your activities ...Read more

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Symptoms of sprained wrist compared to some sort of forearm fracture?

Symptoms of sprained wrist compared to some sort of forearm fracture?

Symptoms: See where it is the most tender. If over bone could be fracture of tha distal radius or ulna. If over the wrist joint specifically more likely a sprain but wrist bone can fracture. Get an x-ray to be sure. ...Read more

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I have a small radial head fracture and sprained wrist. Saw the Dr and he didn't put a cast on or anything. Should I get a second opinion?

I have a small radial head fracture and sprained wrist. Saw the Dr and he didn't put a cast on or anything. Should I get a second opinion?

Stiff: Small radial head fractures can be treated with a sling and early mobilization. You are at a high risk of stiffness developing. That stated a second opinion may set your mind to ease ...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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In what way can I help my sprained wrist?

In what way can I help my sprained wrist?

A simple: Over the counter splint may be useful. 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 lot of things thrown into the non fracture "sprain " category so if you are not better...... Get seen. ...Read more

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When should I unwrap the medical tape from my sprained wrist?

When should I unwrap the medical tape from my sprained wrist?

Sprained wrist: Assuming you have a sprained wrist then when your wrist no longer hurts on movement remove the tape and be very gentle for two days and if no pain use your hand normally. If you begin with pain in the two days of limited use seek medical care or resume your tape for another week. ...Read more

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Wrist sprain pain reocurring?

Wrist sprain pain reocurring?

? ligament tear: A sprain by definition is a ligamentous injury. If you have sustained a ligament tear this could result in instability of the wrist and recurrent pain. You may require further diagnostic studies such as a mri/ arthrogram to establish a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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How to know if my wrist is broken/sprained/fractured?

Med eval: It usually requires x-rays (plus medical hx ; physical exam) to correctly diagnose a fracture. ...Read more

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Sprained wrist options for helping heal/managing pain?

Sprained wrist options for helping heal/managing pain?

Be seen: First and most importantly, you would want to make sure that it is simply a sprain and not a more serious injury. I have seen patients who thought they had sprained their wrist only to find out they actually had a fracture. ...Read more

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I have a broken/fractured wrist or sprain?

Self- diagnosis : Not a good approach. Medical history, xray and physical exam normally can rule in or rule out a fracture ; provide an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is tendonitis of the wrist similar to a sprained wrist?

Not really: Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon sheath (the tight passageway where tendons glide). A sprained wrist is an injury of the ligaments of the wrist. Tendons move joints and are attached to muscles. Ligaments connect bones to other bones across joints. Both can happen after trauma (a fall or twisting injury), but a sprain doesn't happen over time like tendonitis can develop. ...Read more

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My doctor told me I have a high wrist sprain how long do I need to let it heel?

My doctor told me I have a high wrist sprain how long do I need to let it heel?

New diagnosis: This could be tendon and it may take three or more weeks, and if there's any fracture in the area six weeks. You need to see a hand specialist and get this clarified. As your physician to have you see one. ...Read more

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Sprained wrist 7 1/2 mo ago and hand surgeon says that it will just take time to heal. SHould I get a 2nd opinion? Does it really take 9 mon?

Sprained wrist 7 1/2 mo ago and hand surgeon says that it will just take time to heal.  SHould I get a 2nd opinion? Does it really take 9 mon?

No: A simple "sprain" of your wrist would certainly be healed by 7 and one half months. It suggest something more is going on. What you really need is a very specific diagnosis of your injury at this point; and then based upon that diagnosis, coming up with an appropriate treatment plan to get you better. ...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


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more