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Will stress fracture cause physeal injury?

Will stress fracture cause physeal injury?

Possiblyi: If the stress fracture involves the physis, then it can cause injury. A fracture close to, but not in the physis, can also stimulate the bone to grow longer than the other side. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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How can I continue to be active with a stress fracture without worsening the injury?

How can I continue to be active with a stress fracture without worsening the injury?

Heed MD precautions: Discuss strategies with your treating physician as he/she will know best. Limited or no load bearing is usually prescribed for a period of time to allow the injured bone to heal. ...Read more

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I need a radiologist who can recognize obturator neuropathy secondary to sports injury stress fracture?

I need a radiologist who can recognize obturator neuropathy secondary to sports injury stress fracture?

Obturator neuropathy: Obturator neuropathy is typically not "seen" on any imaging modality. You may see some inflammation around the nerve, but other than that, it doesn't tell us anything about the function of the obturator nerve. An EMG would help with the diagnosis of obturator neuropathy. ...Read more

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How likely is it that a tibia stress fracture could be a recurring injury?

How likely is it that a tibia stress fracture could be a recurring injury?

Stress fracture : This is not an uncommon problem. Check with your orthopedist about treatment options. ...Read more

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I have a stress fracture but I want to keep playing sports without worsening the injury?

I have a stress fracture but I want to keep playing sports without worsening the injury?

Wouldnt suggest: If you have a lower extremity stress fracture i don't think you should be playing sports, if you do, there is the possibility that the fracture could worsen or displace and make a relatively minor problem much more serious. ...Read more

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Can a knee injury/weight gain lead to a metatarsal stress fracture?

Possible: Possible that knee pain and wt gain could cause abnormal gait and stress on feet which over time can lead to stress fracture of metatarsal. See podiatrist for evaluation and x/rays. ...Read more

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Dr diagnosed overuse injury of sesamoid in foot with possible stress fracture (but clean xray). Car vibration making pain worse, what does that mean?

Not a lot: The increased pain in your foot with car vibration is not a real specific complaint and so is not real useful. It could occur with just about any over use complaint or a stress fracture. An MRI or bone scan can usually distinguish between the two. ...Read more

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What is a stress fracture?

What is a stress fracture?

Exam and imaging: A stress fracture is a fracture but stress fractures may be hard to see on standard x-rays and additional studies such as bone scan or MRI may be helpful. A careful history and exam is also very important as you correctly implied it can be confsuing so seek out so called experts such as a hand surgeon or orthopedic surgeon who specializes in that anatomical region. ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin
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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


Dr. Michael Turner
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Stress Fracture (Definition)

One of the few aptly named problems in medicine. It occurs when the stresses that a bone sees is greater than the strength of the bone. This occurs over time and is usually related to repetitive activities. If it occurs with a trauma then it is not considered a stress fracture, but a traumatic fracture. We see these commonly in the feet, tibia and ...Read more