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Can you tell the difference between a sprain and a break in the wrist an xray?

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Dr. Ankur Dharia
Podiatry
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In brief: Yes you can

In x-rays, a break will generally show as an interruption in the cortex of the bone, with displacement or not.
A sprain generally indicates an injury to soft tissues such as ligaments, fascia or tendon, which does not show up on x-ray. Occasionally, a severe sprain may be associated with an avulsion fracture where a ligament actually pulls at its attachment to bone and "avulses".

In brief: Yes you can

In x-rays, a break will generally show as an interruption in the cortex of the bone, with displacement or not.
A sprain generally indicates an injury to soft tissues such as ligaments, fascia or tendon, which does not show up on x-ray. Occasionally, a severe sprain may be associated with an avulsion fracture where a ligament actually pulls at its attachment to bone and "avulses".
Dr. Ankur Dharia
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