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What is the main difference between a compound fracture and a contusion?

What is the main difference between a compound fracture and a contusion?

Injury Type: A contusion is essentially an area of injured tissue with ruptured capillaries - what is commonly referred to as a "bruise." a compound fracture is also called an "open fracture" and it is a broken bone that has erupted through the skin. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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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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 are the differences between a rib fracture, muscle strain, and bruise?

What are the differences between a rib fracture, muscle strain, and bruise?

Similar pain: All three of these injuries can have a similar presentation of chest wall pain and pain with movement and expansion I the rib cage. The difference may come in the mechanism of injury and recovery time. A rib fracture and bruise can take 4-6 weeks to full recover while a muscle strain could heal quicker. A x-ray can locate a fracture but treatment is similar. Assure good deep breaths and rest. ...Read more

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Fell hard on hip May 27, no fractures just a bad contusion. Past few days hip has been hurting pin and off past few days. Normal healing?

Fell hard on hip May 27, no fractures just a bad contusion. Past few days hip has been hurting pin and off past few days. Normal healing?

Hard to say: There is certainly some component of a contusion to the hip they may take even several weeks to heal in some cases. On the other hand, be aware that if you have simply had a negative xray for fracture and were then told you had a contusion, there could be more involved in your injury, an xray is not terribly sensative. So it would be wise to arrange followup just to make sure things resolve. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a fractured arm or a bone contusion?

How to tell if I have a fractured arm or a bone contusion?

Level of pain: A stable, nondisplaced arm fracture may present similar to a severe contusion. Typically, a fracture will hurt for a longer period of time. Also, a fracture usually can be diagnosed with radiographs. ...Read more

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Is an X-ray the only way to know if bone contusions caused stress fractures? Or are there symptoms that you can go by? Can't get dr. To check for it.

Is an X-ray the only way to know if bone contusions caused stress fractures? Or are there symptoms that you can go by? Can't get dr. To check for it.

Best way: X-rays are usually the best way to decide whether you have a fracture or not, but they are not the only way. Usually a stress fracture does not come from a specific injury, but is the the result of repeated minor stresses or injuries. A fracture is usually tender in a very localized area. Ask the doctor why he doesn't want to do an x-ray. If it does not make sense, ask him again to do x-rays. ...Read more

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I had a very deep tissue massage (almost2hr) how can I tell if I'm feeling rib contusion or possible fracture?

I had a very deep tissue massage (almost2hr) how can I tell if I'm feeling rib contusion or possible fracture?

Massage: If you have swelling/pain at that area where deep massage was given for two hours, go to the doctor and get an x-ray. It could be muscle spasm/muscle injury also. ...Read more

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What is treatment for a contusion hair line fracture in your knee cap?

What is treatment for a contusion hair line fracture in your knee cap?

Depends on direction: This depends on the direction of fracture. If the fracture is horizontal, the knee has to be immobilized to prevent possible displacement of the fracture and disruption of the knee extensor mechanism. If the fracture is vertical, you don't have to do much. Just don't do anything that causes pain in the knee and try to prevent any further trauma for about 2-3 months. ...Read more

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How long would I be out of soccer with a foot contusion or a foot fracture?

How long would I be out of soccer with a foot contusion or a foot fracture?

Foot injury: A fracture will put you out at least 6 weeks. A contusion may only be a week. ...Read more

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Ischemic stroke at 90, pelvic fracture and cerebral contusion at 92. If risk of bleeding from falling > risk of tia/stroke from clot, baby aspirin ok?

Ischemic stroke at 90, pelvic fracture and cerebral contusion at 92. If risk of bleeding from falling > risk of tia/stroke from clot, baby aspirin ok?

Judgement: There's no answer to your question. No one has collected a series of 5, 000 people like you and tested the two options. This is where having a doctor whom you trust and who knows your history and all about you makes all the difference. (your question exemplifies why computers are never going to be able to practice medicine!). ...Read more

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I kicked the bottom of my car door. It hurt when it happened not as much anymore. The top of my foot is starting to swell and bruise. Is it fractured?

I kicked the bottom of my car door. It hurt when it happened not as much anymore. The top of my foot is starting to swell and bruise. Is it fractured?

Fractured?: A fracture could be a possibility. Although right at the top of your foot there are structures that include blood vessels tendons and nerves. If a blood vessel or tendon was injured you could also see bruising. Consult your podiatrist. ...Read more

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I fell and hurt my knee about a month ago it was bruise for a week. Two days ago I fell on it again now its hurting but NT bruise is my knee fractured?

I fell and hurt my knee about a month ago it was bruise for a week. Two days ago I fell on it again now its hurting but NT bruise is my knee fractured?

If you're under 16yr: Thanks for your interest in healthtap. Your question might not get answered if you are under age 16 years and writing your own questions. Have a trusted adult or parent submit your questions, using your account to ask about your concerns. There are many pediatricians on healthtap with a great deal of expertise, but they look for questions submitted by adults on behalf of teens or younger children. ...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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Fell 3 weeks ago, fractured scapula. ROM decreasing and pain increasing daily. No bruising after fall. Now large bruise appeared. What do I do?

Fell 3 weeks ago, fractured scapula. ROM decreasing and pain increasing daily. No bruising after fall. Now large bruise appeared. What do I do?

Scapula fracture: Scapula fractures are mainly treated nonoperatively but fractures that involve the Glenoid may require surgery. Increasing pain at this point could be a result of you increasing your activity level (maybe too quickly) or could be a sign of fracture displacement. Either way you should follow up with your Orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Fell on concrete steps, fractured l2, 3, 4 transverse process. 2 days post injury and not one single bruise on my back, is this normal? I'm concerned.

Fell on concrete steps, fractured l2, 3, 4 transverse process. 2 days post injury and not one single bruise on my back, is this normal? I'm concerned.

Fracture: Mechanism of injury ; amount of energy will determine soft tissue damage. Perhaps you've just happened to have less soft tissue damage, contained deep to the superficial, more visible fascias layer. ...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?

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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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

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Is it unusual to have a fracture without swelling or bruises?

Is it unusual to have a fracture without swelling or bruises?

Unusual: Unusual but not unheard of especially in the case of stress fractures. As a sports medicine physician I see numerous stress fractures in athletes/actve individuals. Many present with pain and very little to no swelling. They rarely if ever have associated bruising. If you have persistant pain and no clear etiology further evaluation is warranted. Remember- a plain xray often miss stress fxs. ...Read more

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How to know if I have fracture or a bone bruise?

How to know if I have fracture or a bone bruise?

X-rays: While physical examination may reveal an exquisite point of tenderness along a bone, this may be due to a contusion along the lining of the bone (i.e., the periosteum). X-rays (radiographs) will help distinguish if a bone is bruised or fractured. ...Read more

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How to tell if it's a bone bruise or a fracture?

How to tell if it's a bone bruise or a fracture?

X-ray: It often requires an x-ray to accurately differentiate. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to sprain, fracture or bruise my wrist from doing handstands?

Yes: You can sprain or tear a ligament or fracture your wrist particularly if you lose you balance and hyperextend your wrist. ...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