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How can i tell the difference between a stress fracture, patellar tendonitis and shin splints?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Difficult: It may be difficult on your own to distinguish between these three common causes of leg pain. Usually an phyical examand appropriate diagnostic tests can distinguish between these conditions. Thank you for the question.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Location: For one would differentiate between patellar tendonitis and shin splints. Stress f/x and shin splints is a little more difficult. Sometimes an astute clinician could use a tuning fork to aid in diagnosis, an MRI would differentiate, xrays on first shooting may not be helpful.

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