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Dr. Frank Holmes
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Stress Fractures (Overview)

A tiny crack in a bone caused by repetitive stress or force, often from overuse.


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Why are stress fractures so bad?

Why are stress fractures so bad?

Depends: Stress fractures are problematic mainly because they can be difficult to diagnose. As such, they may be initially under treated, thereby prolonging disability. ...Read more

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Dr. Frank Holmes
354 doctors shared insights

Stress Fractures (Overview)

A tiny crack in a bone caused by repetitive stress or force, often from overuse.


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Overcoming Anxiety and Stress (Checklist)

As your stress or anxiety level rises, stop what you are doing
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Ask yourself if you are expecting something bad to happen
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Slowly inhale through your nose, and exhale through your mouth
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While you are breathing, remind yourself that you can handle feeling distressed
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What does stress fractures feel like?

What does stress fractures feel like?

It feels like pain..: pain is the first physical symptom U feel. it is due 2, 2 much strain on a bone that it can't remodel fast enough 2 handle the tress which is usually due 2 a change in activity, or 2 rigorous training. usually in the foot in runners, but all bones R susceptible. if running U 1st notice it @ a certain distance & each run it hurts sooner & 1 seeks care. like bending a wire repeatedly. it fails. ...Read more

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How do you deal with stress fractures?

How do you deal with stress fractures?

Rest: Stress fractures are caused by repetitive activity. The best way to treat these fractures is avoiding the aggravating activity. They tend to heal in approximately 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
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Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
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Consider an MRI to evaluate fracture
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How do I know if I have stress fractures?

How do I know if I have stress fractures?

XRAY: The initial test to check for a stress fracture is to do an x-ray. If the x-ray does not show the fracture, you can get an MRI to look for the break. A bone scan can also be done to look for a stress fracture, but it is not as specific as the mri. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have stress fractures?

How can I tell if I have stress fractures?

Symptoms & 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 time 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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Managing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Checklist)

Find a therapist who specializes in PTSD
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Join a support group with others who are dealing with PTSD
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Consider eye movement desensitization and reprocessing as a form of treatment, and discuss it with a therapist
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Learn relaxation techniques that will help you when flashbacks occur
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What are the symptoms of stress fractures?

What are the symptoms of stress fractures?

Pain, swelling: Pian, swelling, redness, and tenderness to palpation are among the things commonly seen in a stress fracture. Also, usually a history is present that is consistent with someone developing a stress fracture as well. Thank you. ...Read more

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What might be the symptoms of stress fractures?

What might be the symptoms of stress fractures?

Pain pain swelling: Swelling pain tenderness in a specific spot increased swelling and pain with activity decreased swelling and pain with rest earlier onset of pain with each successive workout continued pain at rest as the damage progresses. ...Read more

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What types of exercises are okay for stress fractures?

What types of exercises are okay for stress fractures?

Non-weight bearing: Stress fracture are considered overuse injuries. In order to heal they need rest. This does not mean you have to stop everything. You do have to stop activities that aggravate the area involved. Most of the time you can find some substitute activity. The key is that you feel no discomfort while performing the activity (note: i said "discomfort", not "pain"). E.G: swim instead of run. ...Read more

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What is best way to diagnose and treat stress fractures?

What is best way to diagnose and treat stress fractures?

Xrays/MRI: Stress fractures can be diagnosed with x-rays. At times the fracture does not show up on an x-ray and an MRI is required to make the diagnosis. The best treatment is avoiding the activity which caused the fracture. ...Read more

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How does a stress fractured differ from a stress reaction?

How does a stress fractured differ from a stress reaction?

2 different things: A "stress fracture" is an orthopedic (bone) condition: a broken bone caused by repeated physical stress on the part. A "stress reaction" can mean many things, but usually refers to psychological stress that causes a person to be anxious or mentally uncomfortable. ...Read more

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Is it okay to wear high heels if stress fractured is healed?

Is it okay to wear high heels if stress fractured is healed?

Where?: Stress fracture where? Typically, if you're not in pain, i think it's safe to wear your heels. ...Read more

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How do you prevent stress fractures?

Vit D3: Stress fracture due to severe osteoporosis - holistic approach try to alkalanize body maintain body pH between 6.8-7.4 by various options like vit d3 12, 000 units bid x 3 weeks then 6000 units daily x 3 weeks. Maintain d3 blood levels above 60 test for hydroxy vit d3 levels with your lab your pcp can order these tests. ...Read more

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Are stress fractures and compression fractures the same?

Different: Stress fractures are classic overuse injuries, defined as when injury to tissue (in this case bone) is injured at a rate which exceeds the body's ability to heal or recover. Compression fractures usually result from an injury. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of having stress fractures?

Depends: It depends on the bone and how much weight it has to bear. Those in bone that carry much load may break all the way through and deform, with increased pain, deformity, and other problems. Others may heal with bone or scar and do fairly well. Have an orthopaedist advise you on your particular situation. ...Read more

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How are stress fractures of the lower back usually treated?

Mostly non surgical: Lifestyle modifications physical therapy orthotic devices, such as corsets and braces not often surgery? ...Read more

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Is it beneficial to alternate ice n heat for stress fractures?

Doubtful: In my practice, i recommend ice therapy for new or acute conditions. I only recommend heat in conditions that have been long standing. In your case, i believe ice therapy would be most beneficial. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of stress fractures in feet?

What are symptoms of stress fractures in feet?

Stress fracture: Hi, pain is the main symptom of a stress fx which is worse with activity and better with rest, the pain could become worse gradually and also swelling can happen. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help relieve stress fractures?

Yes and no. : May help with pain if you. Believe in it But the fracture itself will still take time to heal ...Read more

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Do stress fractures cause compartment syndrome?

Unlikely: That would be pretty rare. Compartment syndrome is usually caused by severe trauma to an extremity (arm or leg) from either soft tissue injury or a fracture. As blood and fluid rush into the closed space of the extremity, the pressure rises to dangerous levels causing a compartment syndrome. Stress fractures are small and subtle and usually dont generate the same reaction as more severe trauma. ...Read more

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Can Fosamax (alendronate) cause stress fractures?

Yes: Low-energy femoral shaft and subtrochanteric fractures have been reported in postmarketing experience. ...Read more

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Are avulsion fractures similar to stress fractures?

Are avulsion fractures similar to stress fractures?

No: Avulsion fractures are when a section of bone is torn away from the main body of bone and still connected to the tendon. ...Read more

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Is Pain killers good to take with stress fractures ?

Is Pain killers good to take with stress fractures ?

Rest and ibuprofen: It depends on what type of pain medication. Stress fractures are micro fractures of the bone from overuse. To heal, they require rest and time for bone remodeling. Pain control is appropriate however strong narcotic pain medication can mask the pain and facilitate a return to activity too soon and delay healing. Anti-inflammatory medicine like Alleve or ibuprofen work well. ...Read more

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Can you get atraumatic stress fractures in your ribs?

Can you get atraumatic stress fractures in your ribs?

NO: Non injury fractures are pathological fractures due to disease like metastatic cancer . Psychological stress do not result in fractures. ...Read more

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Should i run cross country if I am prone to stress fractures?

It's your decision: Clearly, the risk is great. Sometimes the rewards of running feel great. If you do - do it very carefully with more caution about pacing, equipment, terrain, conditions, etc., etc. Here's a link: http://www.Kinetics360.Com/media/why_do_runners_get_stress_fractures.Pdf good luck! ...Read more

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My dog stepped on my stress fractured foot and now its hurting. Is it not a big deal or should i go back to the doctors?

Best 2 have it re-: -evald by Ur ortho guy, more important if the stress fx is 3-5 weeks ago. Not so much if it is only 2-2 weeks old. ...Read more

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Do calcaneal stress fractures ever require surgery? I think I have one but I'm scared I'll get told I need surgery as I just had surgery 4 months ago

Depends: Typically stress fractures of the calcaneus requires simple immobilization in a cast or a CAM walker with no weight placed on the foot. Your description of surgery 4 months prior is unclear. Was the surgery on the same heel? See your surgeon for re evaluation. ...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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Whats a stress fracture?

Whats 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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How are stress fractures of the foot usually treated?

How are stress fractures of the foot usually treated?

Treatment stress fx: The treatment of a stress fracture includes: rest, activity modification, you may need a boot/cast/or taped dressing, vitamin d/calcium, smoking cessation, and time. ...Read more

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If I have a stress fracture, how would it be treated?

Conservatively...: Usually rest is the treatment. Rest will prevent the stress fracture from progressing to a larger fracture. ...Read more

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If I have pain on my shins would this be a stress fracture?

If I have pain on my shins would this be a stress fracture?

Could be...: Shin pain (aka "shin splint") may come from medial tibial stress syndrome (mtss), stress fractures, or compartment syndrome. Identifying the underlying reason for your pain can then help with a specific plan of care. Treatments usually consist of rest, stretching, ice, massage, or orthotics. (drmarkgalland.Com). ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
3,163 doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Louis Gallia
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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