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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?

Wouldn't 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?

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?

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 stress fracture?

Injury to the bone: Bone is constantly being broken down and re-built. With repetitive activity, it may break down more than it repairs itself resulting in a fracture of the bone. Rest, sometimes immobilization, and rarely surgery are treatment options. ...Read more

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What's a stress fracture?

What's a stress fracture?

A fracture w/o injur: A stress fracture is typically a fracture due to repetitive activity and stress but not due to an injury these injuries are often secondary to running, marching or other repetitive activities many cannot be diagnosed on x-ray exam but only with maris or bone scans. ...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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What is a pars stress fracture?

What is a pars stress fracture?

Stress fx of back: A pars intra-articularis fracture (spondylolysis) involves most commonly the lower back (lumbar region). It can be present in approximately 20% of individuals as congenital condition (from birth). It may also happen as an overuse or traumtic injury. The mechanism of injury is hyper-extension of the back as occurs in gymnastic, offensive lineman, ice-skaters. Treatment is conservative. ...Read more

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How to heal a stress fracture?

How to heal a stress fracture?

Stop Stressing.: Healing stress fractures is accomplished, for the most part, by simply reducing weight bearing (i.e. stress) to the involved bone. The remedy may involve complete off weight as with crutches, to simply wearing regular shoes but drastically reducing time on the foot. Typically a weight bearing cam walker boot works just fine. The trick is to stay off foot long enough for the fracture to heal. ...Read more

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How to diagnose stress fracture?

Xray: An xray may show a fracture. If not, and there is a high clinical suspicion, an MRI or nuclear bone scan can be helpful. ...Read more

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What can cause a stress fracture?

What can cause a stress fracture?

Overuse: Stress fractures are the result of repetitive micro trauma to a bone from overuse. This is typically seen in individuals who start on a very vigorous exercise program that their body is not in condition to handle (e.g. New military personnel in boot camp). ...Read more

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How is a stress fracture treated?

How is a stress fracture treated?

Remove Stress: A stress fracture is an overuse injury of the bone, typically a long bone of the legs or a foot bone resulting from increased stress on the bone that caused tiny cracks to develop. If the overuse (running, vigorous training) continues a complete fracture can result. Treatment consists of eliminating the inciting stress, using braces or crutches until the bone recovers. Osteoporosis is also a risk. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a stress fracture?

How do you diagnose a stress fracture?

Symptoms and Imaging: Stress fractures usually cause pain, but may also cause swelling and discoloration. The nature of stress fractures can make them very hard to identify on x-rays, but some may be apparent based on their size or phase in healing. Larger stress fractures or those that have had some to start healing are often the ones that can be seen with x-ray. The most specific test for a stress fracture is a mri. ...Read more

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Can a stress fracture becomes a break?

Can a stress fracture becomes a break?

Yes: A stress fracture is in fact a "break" in the bone and so all stress fractures are "breaks" in the bone already. Thank you. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a stress fracture?

How do you diagnose a stress fracture?

May need mri: Many stress fractures don't show up on xray exams if there is suspicion of a possible stress fracture, an MRI would best show the injury a bone scan would be helpful but is not as specific for location as the MRI would be. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more