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Tailbone Fracture Vs Bruise
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
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
Fracture: Check with orthopedic surgeon & get good x-rays. ...Read more
Get an x-ray: Best to consult a doctor and have an x-ray taken. ...Read more
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
Fracture foot: Foot fractures are usually accompanied by swelling and bruising. An x-ray or cat scan can help evaluate the bone. ...Read more
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
Yes: Best to see a podiatrist for exam and x-ray. ...Read more
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 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
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
I've fractured the tibial plateau after falling with my leg hyperextended. A week later, there's a huge bruise. Could I have torn a muscle?
Blood: Tracks down due to gravity so trauma to soft tissue and bone will give a hematoma ...Read more
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
20yrs ago horse fell into, pinning me into a drain. Refused medical advise, thought it was bruising. 5yr pain in lower, [email protected] illiac. Hip locks. Fractured?
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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
I am 65 and three days ago I fell forward landing directly on my chest The right side. I am still very sore in my upper chest that goes thru to my back in the same right area. I thought it may either be a fractured sternum or a very badly bruised sternu
Yes: Yes these are all possibilities. Person who falls and has an injury like this should have an in person evaluation by physician ...Read more
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
Deformity: Deformity and loss of function will indicate fracture. Simple xray will clarify. ...Read more
X-ray: If you have any question then see your orthopedicy for x rays. ...Read more
X-rays differentiate: The only way to know for sure is evaluation by a physician to include x-rays. ...Read more
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
Xray: No way to tell for sure it's fractured without an xray. See a doctor. ...Read more
Exam and an xray: If needed. Swelling, deformity and pain are common findings. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
How do I know if I fractured my hand because I hit it really hard against a wall and bruised the skin?
Not always: Get the hand x rayed and then you will know for sure. ...Read more
I dropped my laptop on the round part of my ankle. It is bruised but not too swollen. Is it possible it could be fractured?
Ankle fracture: Not likely. It is more likely that there is bruising and perhaps some soft tissue damage. ...Read more
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
fell hard on my knee today, the cap swelled up fast with black bruise with white circle in middle really hurts to walk/bend, Could it be fractured?
Possibly: I would see a doctor and get checked and see if youo need an x-ray. ...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
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