A 28-year-old female asked:
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how can i tell the difference between a shin splint or stress fracture ? have pain on inner mid part of shin for 3 days now hurts worse to touch it

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Dr. Barry Waldman
29 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Xray: An xray will usually reveal a stress fracture, although, not always. Sometimes and MRI or bone scan is required.
Answered on Oct 12, 2015
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