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Doctor insights on: Tailbone Fracture Vs Bruise

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She has immense pain when she was bending over. Did she bruise her tailbone or fracture?

She has immense pain when she was bending over. Did she bruise her tailbone or fracture?

Don't know: Don't know but tremendous pain after a fall means get evaluated, don't miss a broken hip or a stress fractue or a spinal fracture, or a simplepelvic ring fracture even if they just tell you its a bruised coccyx take she or her to a a doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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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Please I would like help with tailbone pain. How to know if its fractured or bruised?

Please I would like help with tailbone pain. How to know if its fractured or bruised?

Tailbone pain: Tail bone pain most commonly comes from a fall or blunt injury to the tail bone. The only way to tell if it is fractured is an x-ray. Without a history of direct trauma to the tailbone then a fracture is unlikely. ...Read more

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How to know if my finger is fractured, or just bruised?

How to know if my finger is fractured, or just bruised?

You can't: You need an x-ray to tell. If finger is sore and swollen get it checked out with an x-ray. Sometimes there is a small fracture that could lead to a bigger problems later on. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you've bruised or fractured your ribs?

How can you tell if you've bruised or fractured your ribs?

Get an x-ray: Best to consult a doctor and have an x-ray taken. ...Read more

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How to treat fractured or bruised back ribs?

How to treat fractured or bruised back ribs?

Fractured ribs: Simple rib fractures are treated conservatively with pain management only.
Certain rib fractures that result in breathing difficulties and / or relentless pain are treated surgically ...Read more

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Treatments for a fractured or bruised hip?

Treatments for a fractured or bruised hip?

See an Orthopaedist: Bruised hips will heal with conservative care (rest and therapy) but a fracture may require surgery. Best to see an orthopaedic surgeon and have x-rays taken to identify bruise vs. Fracture. Appropriate treatment can then be recommended. ...Read more

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Does a fractured / dislocated jaw always cause bruising?

Does a fractured / dislocated jaw always cause bruising?

Not always: Usually, though, mandible fractures cause some bruising. This will depend a bit on your tendency to bruise and skin complexion. Jaw dislocations don't often bruise. ...Read more

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Please please help me! Fractured foot with no swelling or bruising?

Please please help me! Fractured foot with no swelling or bruising?

Fracture foot: Foot fractures are usually accompanied by swelling and bruising. An x-ray or cat scan can help evaluate the bone. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a growth plate fracture or only a bruise, how to tell?

Can you tell me if a growth plate fracture or only a bruise, how to tell?

An xray will tell --: And seeing an orthopod will confirm, it to be one or the other.
At age 49, you don't get a growth plate problem; unless the question was about some kid.
Good luck. ...Read more

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In general how can you tell the difference between a fracture and a bruise of the metatarsal?

In general how can you tell the difference between a fracture and a bruise of the metatarsal?

Fracture: X-rays and possibly CT scan can differentiate. Bruising is painful and may need splinting and protected weight bearing just like a fracture ...Read more

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What is the risk of a wait and see approach to an injury that may be either a bad swelling bruise or possibly a fracture?

Depends: Depends on where it is and how much it hurts
some more minor fractures can be treated with "benign neglect" for a good result and others cannot
the risk is that a fracture could displace worse in some situations
if you had a really bad fracture you would most probably know it right off the bat. ...Read more

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Will an xray of the rib cage appear different between bruised&fractured ribs and what would the difference be? Can xray show organ damage?

Yes and no: An x-ray can show a fracture of the ribs but will not show a bruise. However, rib fractures can be hard to see and may be missed. Which organ are you referring to? Organ damage is hard to see on x-ray depending on the organ. Lung damage can be seen but you will need a CT scan with Contrast to see Liver, spleen or kidney damage. ...Read more

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Hello my boyfriend may have a fractured penis, we aren't sure though and we are wondering if we should go to the hospital. There is bruising.

Hello my boyfriend may have a fractured penis, we aren't sure though and we are wondering if we should go to the hospital. There is bruising.

Probably: If the penis is fractured, it can swell and discolor to look a lot like an eggplant--so if seeing purple (/bruising) do not wait for it to get bigger, because the blood you see is actually interfering with the necessary blood flow to your penis, which can cause major problems (&loss). Go to er, ideally a larger / teaching hospital for better access to an on call urologist. They will help you. ...Read more

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I hurt rolled my ankle I hurts to walk on and it has a slight bruise. I think it could be fractured but I'm not sure. On a scale of 1-10 I'm a 6 or 5.

Possible...: Hello,
From what your stating it may very well be possible that there is a bone fracture. You should obtain an x-ray if you haven't and be sure to rest, ice, and compress the area. If there is a fracture it will require offloading and depending on extent, possible surgery. ...Read more

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Hi! I recently was kicked causing my thumb to go entirely backwards It has been a week and we have seen no improvement. We know it is not fractured. I can not move it. There is also bruising on my palm. Is there anything I should be aware of that could b

Hi! I recently was kicked causing my thumb to go entirely backwards It has been a week and we have seen no improvement. We know it is not fractured. I can not move it. There is also bruising on my palm. Is there anything I should be aware of that could b

Yes: You should be aware that after an injury that results in your not being able to move your thumb, you need to get it evaluated by your pediatrician, Urgent care, orthopedic surgeon, or the emergency room - not the internet. ...Read more

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How can I diagnose that my rib is fractured or bruised?

Xray! Rib injuries: Depending on the history of injury, x-rays may or may not be necessary, as treatment is generally symptomatic and no different from bruised ribs versus fractured ribs. However, to definitively diagnose whether a rib is fractured or bruised, x-rays or some other radiographic modality (mri, ct) would be needed. ...Read more

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How to care for bruised or fractured ribs?

Rest: Rest, ice, and antiinflammatory meds. No surgery is needed because they are usually stable fractures however it just takes time to heal. Avoid stenosis activities for 2-3 months. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How do I tell if my wrist fractured or just bruised?

Deformity: Deformity and loss of function will indicate fracture. Simple xray will clarify. ...Read more

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How do I tell if my ankle is fractured or bruised?

How do I tell if my ankle is fractured or bruised?

X-rays differentiate: The only way to know for sure is evaluation by a physician to include x-rays. ...Read more

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I cannot tell if I maybe fractured my knee or deeply bruised it.?

I cannot tell if I maybe fractured my knee or deeply bruised it.?

X-ray: An x-ray can be performed to determine if it is fractured. There are many different types of injuries. Each type of injury requires has its own plan of care. Treatment may vary depending on the diagnosis. Have it evaluated by your physician and get the appropriate diagnosis and plan of care. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a bruised knee or fractured knee?

How can I know if I have a bruised knee or fractured knee?

Xray: No way to tell for sure it's fractured without an xray. See a doctor. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a fracture or just a bruise?

How can I tell if I have a fracture or just a bruise?

Xray: If you suspect you may have fractured a bone, seeing a physician and getting xrays are the best ways to differentiate a break from a bruise. ...Read more

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What to do if I have fractured, broken or bruised hand?

What to do if I have fractured, broken or bruised hand?

Get med eval: It usually requires x-rays (plus medical hx ; physical exam) to correctly diagnose a fracture. An appropriate treatment plan will follow after evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a broken bone vs. Just a bruised bone?

What are the symptoms of a broken bone vs. Just a bruised bone?

Fractured bone?: Both conditions are painful. On examination, both can be tender as well. The best way to differentiate is to get an xray. Some fractures may not show up on plain xray, but that is the best place to start. Occasionally, if xrays are not conclusive, but symptoms persist, other studies such as MRI can be helpful. Good luck! ...Read more

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Might I have a broken/fractured foot without swelling or bruising?

Yes: This is possible, for example a stress fracture of the foot can occur in runners or military personnel, without any overt swelling or bruising. If you have had persistent localized bony pain, you should see a physician for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a bruised knee cap and fractured one?

Knee cap: A bruised kneecap is generally less damaged than one that is fractured. Remember, there is a continuum of energy that can go across the patella, from small to large, thus the spectrum of possible injury. ...Read more

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Can you get a red line/ mark on your foot that stays longer than the bruise if it is fractured?

Potentially: Bruising represents bleeding into an area of soft tissues and usually resorbs over a 10-14 day period. A fracture takes usually 6-8 weeks to heal and may be associated with an ongoing inflammatory process during that time. ...Read more

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I fell on my knee yesterday and now I can't bend it or put weight on it it's also very swollen and red and bruised, do you think it's fractured?

Very Possible: If you have pain with weight bearing or are unable to weight bear you need to be evaluated by a physician and an xray to evaluate for a fracture. ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...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