A 39-year-old member asked:
Is a stress fracture the same thing as a compression fracture in your bone?
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Gastroenterology 44 years experience
Not necessarily: Compression fractures of the spine are just that-squished bone. They can be due to excessive compressive force, e.g. Fall from a height; commonly seen in osteoporosis (weak, brittle bone). With osteoporosis can be thought of as an insufficiency fracture, with less force needed. Stress fractures don't have to occur in the spine, often don't-occur in foot, shin, pelvis. Not always w/osteoporosis.
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Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
No: Think of a stress fracture as a piece of plastic being bent until it forms a white line of "microfractures" and eventually breaks- fatigue failure. Whereas a compression fracture is from too much weight suddenly applied to a bone- like dropping a bowling ball on a tile.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Is a compression fracture the same as stress fracture?
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Sports Medicine 28 years experience
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