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What is the main difference between a sprained thumb and a broken thumb?

What is the main difference between a sprained thumb and a broken thumb?

Hard vs Soft Tissue!: A fracture involves hard tissue - i.e. Bones. A strain, or sprain involves soft tissues - muscles, ligaments, tendons, or cartilages. A fracture is often treated by immobilzation in a splint or a cast. Soft tissue injuries usually respond to cold compresses initially, and then changing to warm compresses and movement therapies. Xrays and bone scans for bones. Mris for bones and soft tissues. ...Read more

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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


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Whats the difference between a sprain thumb and a broken thumb?

Whats the difference between a sprain thumb and a broken thumb?

Alot : A sprained thumb is a soft tissue injury of the ligaments about one or more of the joints of the thumb a broken thumb is a fracture of one or more of the three bones of the thumb unless a ligament is completely torn usually sprains do not require and surgery depending on the fracture configuration and location a fracture may require surgery. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between a toe fracture and a sprain?

What is the main difference between a toe fracture and a sprain?

Bone vs soft tissue: A toe fracture means one of the bones are broken, a sprain is a tear or strain of the soft tissues such as tendons or ligaments. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a hand fracture and a hand sprain?

What is the difference between a hand fracture and a hand sprain?

Exam and imaging: hand 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 ...Read more

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What is the difference between a hand sprain and a hand fracture?

What is the difference between a hand sprain and a hand fracture?

A lot: A sprain is an injury of the tendons or ligaments. A fracture is a broken bone. Both can be a serious problem even requiring surgical treatment. Others may require only splinting or casting and others may not require anything except time and restricted activities in order to heal. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between a broken foot and a sprained foot?

What is the main difference between a broken foot and a sprained foot?

Bone vs ligament: "broken" usually refers to the presence of a fracture or crack in a bone while "sprained" refers to an injury to the ligaments that hold bones together. There are 27 bones in the foot available to be "broken" and 27+ ligaments that can be "sprained". ...Read more

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What is the main difference between a twisted ankle and a broken ankle?

What is the main difference between a twisted ankle and a broken ankle?

Ligaments vs Bone: A twisted, or sprained ankle is an injury to one or more of the ligaments that connect the bones of the lower leg and foot. A broken ankle is a fracture of one or more of the bones of the lower leg. One can usually recover from a sprain within a few weeks, while a fracture usually takes about 8-12 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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What s the difference between a thumb sprain or fracture?

What s the difference between a thumb sprain or fracture?

Thumb: A sprain effects the ligaments around the thumb joint while a fracture involves the bones of the thumb. ...Read more

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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

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What is the difference between spraining and jamming finger?

What is the difference between spraining and jamming finger?

Same: Spraining and jamming a finger are generally considered to be the same condition. However, a sprain implies a ligament injury, but a jammed finger can mean a ligament injury but could involve cartilage damage as well. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a sprained ankle and tendonitis?

What is the difference between a sprained ankle and tendonitis?

Ligament vs. tendon: Sprains are injuries to ligaments (tissues holding bones to other bones). These are injuries of the joint capsule. Tendonitis is a disorder of tendons (tissues that connect muscles to bone). ...Read more

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What is the difference in treatment of a broken or sprained little toe?

What is the difference in treatment of a broken or sprained little toe?

Toe injury: Treatment of both are essentially the same. You may "buddy" tape your small toe with the adjacent toe which will act as a splint. Also, it would be beneficial to wear a stiff/supportive-soled shoe to protect from too much motion while walking. Fractures will heal within 3-4 weeks generally and most likely sooner for a sprain. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a crushed foot and broken foot?

What is the difference between a crushed foot and broken foot?

Not exclusive...: Broken foot is a non-technical term. It could indicate a fracture or dislocated joint or a combination of these injuries. A crushed foot does not necessarily have any dislocated joints or broken bones. Crush injuries involve damage to the soft tissues and can lead to compartment syndrome of the foot. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between a broken thumb, fractured thumb, and dislocated thumb?

Fracture=break: Fracture is another name for a broken bone, no difference. Dislocation refers to a joint being displaced out of position so it is not properly aligned. This requires closed or open reduction to realign the bones on either side of the joint. ...Read more