Because most of you are not experts in this field, here are a couple of helpful hints:
Remember that a sprain or strain will swell up immediately.
A break on the other hand will not swell as much as a sprain or strain.
A break may also not be as painful initially as a sprain because there is usually not as much inflammation ( swelling ).
With a break you will usually see a deformity of the injured body part (an alignment deformity ).
With a sprain/strain there will be localized swelling and rarely an alignment issue unless there has been a dislocation.
In the event of a dislocation, there will be no mistaking it.
And, of course an xray will most always differentiate between a sprain/strain & a fracture or broken bone.
The best thing to do however is to get to emergency or your family chiropractor right away to have the injury assessed properly.
A quick & correct diagnosis is critical to determine the most effective treatment for proper healing.
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