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Doctor insights on: What Is The Main Difference Between A Fractured Leg And A Broken Leg

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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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Can you tell me if I have a broken leg, which bone is fractured?

Can you tell me if I have a broken leg, which bone is fractured?

If you could: describe where the pain is, how you injured it and your symptoms it would be much easier to help. My recommendation otherwise is to see a doc and get an X-ray. ...Read more

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Broken leg open fracture --what is the best surgery?

Broken leg open fracture --what is the best surgery?

The best: Surgery is up to the surgeon. If you are happy with the dr. Go with his judgement and expert opinion. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a fractured heel bone and a heel spur?

What is the difference between a fractured heel bone and a heel spur?

A great deal: The fracture can require surgery 3 months of no weight bearings comes after a fall onto your feet the spur is soft tissue inflamation at the attatchment to the heel bone from chronic plantar fasciaitis. Notrauma required removal of spur dosent relieve pain frequently. ...Read more

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How do you know the difference between a sprained or fractured ankle?

How do you know the difference between a sprained or fractured ankle?

Have it x-rayed: You will need and x-ray to see if you have a fracture or if it is just a sprain. Have it evaluated by your physician to get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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

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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What is the difference between shin splits and a stress fracture?

What is the difference between shin splits and a stress fracture?

Muscle vs. bone: Shin splints are a condition due to a strain or inflammation of teh anterior tibialis muscle or tendon. Stress fracture is a small non-displaced fracture (break) of a bone due to repetitive trauma. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an ankle sprain and fracture?

What is the difference between an ankle sprain and fracture?

Many possible signs: Twisting ones’ ankle can lead to a sprained ankle. Often times, this may result in ligament or tendon injuries which may lead to ankle bruising, swelling, pain, and possibly instability. An x-ray of the foot and ankle will be able to assist in differentiating a sprain form a fracture. ...Read more

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How can you tell difference between fractured knee cap and bruised bone?

How can you tell difference between fractured knee cap and bruised bone?

Image study: The fracture, or contusion of patela, or even a sprain strain of knee joinit can have similar pain and confused symptoms. A x ray will rule out boney problem for most part. ...Read more

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What's the difference between the feeling of a fracture and shin splints?

What's the difference between the feeling of a fracture and shin splints?

Acuity: Fractures cause acute swelling and pain, shin splints cause activity related pain that is predictable. Some times its difficult to know the difference between a stress fracture and shin splints. An x ray, bone scan or MRI may be able to differentiate. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between shin splint and stress fracture?

A stress fracture : Is a crack in the outer layer of the bone. (think eggshell), shin splints are micro tears of the attachments of the muscle to the bone.... ...Read more

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What is the difference between a shin splint and a stress fracture of the shin?

Bone involment: Shin splint is an increase to comparmental psressure within the different comparments of the leg, it does not involve the bone.An stress fx involves the boneof the leg , the tibia. ...Read more

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What's the difference between shin splints and a stress fracture?

What's the difference between shin splints and a stress fracture?

Shin splints is a : General term for shin pain, usually after sports or exercise. Stress fractures are one specific cause of shin pain and so are often listed as a cause of "shin splints". ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a shin splint or stress fracture?

How to tell the difference between a shin splint or stress fracture?

Shin pain: "shin splint" typically refers to pain on the front of the lower leg, . Pain in this area may come from medial tibial stress syndrome (mtss), stress fractures, or compartment syndrome. Identifying the underlying reason for your pain can then help with a specific plan of care. Treatments usually consist of rest, stretching, ice, massage, or orthotics. (drmarkgalland.Com). ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a stress fracture, patellar tendonitis and shin splints?

How can I tell the difference between a stress fracture, patellar tendonitis and shin splints?

Location: For one would differentiate between patellar tendonitis and shin splints. Stress f/x and shin splints is a little more difficult. Sometimes an astute clinician could use a tuning fork to aid in diagnosis, an MRI would differentiate, xrays on first shooting may not be helpful. ...Read more

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What is the difference in symptoms between a muscle knot and a stress fracture in your lower leg?

What is the difference in symptoms between a muscle knot and a stress fracture in your lower leg?

A stress: fracture is an injury to the bone caused by repetitive microtrauma(for example, in the tibia from running). A muscle knot is not a medical term, but could represent a muscle strain or possibly spasm. So, a stress fracture is a bone injury, and a muscle "knot" is a muscle injury. ...Read more

Dr. Rahul Banerjee
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Broken Leg (Definition)

A " broken leg" is a term used to describe a fracture that has occurred in one of the bones that make ...Read more