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Does chronic stress affect your ability to roll with the punches?

Does chronic stress affect your ability to roll with the punches?

Yes,: Chronic stress esp. Emotional takes a great toll on a person, both physically and emotionally.Many hormonal and neurotransmitters are affected by chronic stress.Some believe that chronic stress causes the adrenal gland to become "depleted" of the hormones that help us deal with stress. With this depletion, our bodies can't compensate.Med eval psyc, therapy, exercise, sleep, healthy eating can help. ...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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Someone with an anxiety disorder lack the ability to deal with stress? Or would he have anxiety even without stress?

Someone with an anxiety disorder lack the ability to deal with stress? Or would he have anxiety even without stress?

Anxiety: Panic attacks occur without apparent causes, social anxiety occurs upon exposure to social situations that might be feared, generalized anxiety can occur from many causes such as stress or lack of sleep or poor nutrition, etc. ...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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Daily physical activity will help your body deal with stress? How so?

Daily physical activity will help your body deal with stress?  How so?

Great mental release: In addition, it helps to reduce the body's stress hormone, cortisol and also increases the body's "feel good" neurotransmitters, such as serotonin. ...Read more

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Any way to exercise with a strained lcl?

Any way to exercise with a strained lcl?

Possibly: If there is a mild grade 1 sprain, one might be able to exercise with a brace that provides medial/ lateral if there is a grade 2 or 3 sprain, you will probably be out for between 4 and 6 weeks. ...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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How often does conservative treatment of a sesamoid fracture lead to full recovery? Enough to participate in athletics, distance running, etc?

How often does conservative treatment of a sesamoid fracture lead to full recovery?  Enough to participate in athletics, distance running, etc?

Open Sesame!: Before arriving at the diagnosis of a fractured sesamoid, it is always wise to x-ray the other foot and examine the sesamoids there. These little sesame shapped bones can be in two, three and even more pieces, normally. Having said that, the earlier treatment begins as well as the less weight bearing, the better the chances of a heal. The chances of resolution are so so but not great. ...Read more

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Will weight training and aerobic exercise contribute to inflammation and joint pain with sle or will increased strength help?

Will weight training and aerobic exercise contribute to inflammation and joint pain with sle or will increased strength help?

Strike a balance: Arthritis, especially inflammatory type (like lupus or rheumatoid) responds well to moderate exercise. You have to find the right amount for your body. I encourage you to do weights and aerobic exercise but i urge you to get help with it at first. See a physical therapist or sports med trainer and explain your situation. You don't want an injury and you don't want to over do it at first. ...Read more

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Can doing cardio exercise delay the healing of rib fractures?

Can doing cardio exercise delay the healing of rib fractures?

Depends on: how vigorous you exercise. But if it is causing little or no pain, it is probably ok to continue. ...Read more

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Can there be any way to make a stress fracture heal fast and efficiently?

Can there be any way to make a stress fracture heal fast and efficiently?

Rest: The most reliable way to heal a stress fracture is to rest the affected area. Sometimes, this is coupled with immobilization with a splint or cast. The timing of it depends on the fracture site, pattern, medical co-morbidities, smoking history and other factors. Best to have an xray and follow your orthopedist's treatment plan. ...Read more

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How drastically can stress affect your bodies ability to process blood sugar at the time of the stress?

How drastically can stress affect your bodies ability to process blood sugar at the time of the stress?

Stress & blood sugar: Hi, it depends if u have diabetes or not, in case of stress some hormones like Epinephrine & cortisol go up and that increases the blood sugar, this is part of fight & flight response, in normal people there are compensatory mechanisms that moderate the blood sugar but in ppl with Diabetes these mechanisms are impaired, the larger the stress the larger the stress response & higher blood sugar. ...Read more

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Gradually returning to weight lifting after a 9 month hiatus due to wrist injuries. Any preventive strategies or advice to prevent reinjury ?

Gradually returning to weight lifting after a 9 month hiatus due to wrist injuries. Any preventive strategies or advice to prevent reinjury ?

Go slowly: Focus on wrist, and particularly shoulder mobility with proper warm up and stretching prior to lifting and stretching after as well. Also, start with lifting very light even using just an empty bar to practice technique and form before adding weight. Then add weight slowly week by week to avoid overstressing the wrist. ...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?

Stress fracture: A knee injury or weight gain alone won't cause a metatarsal stress fracture. What they will do is put added stress on the foot/feet. Overtime, if nothing changes, stress fractures can develop. ...Read more

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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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How to exercise to deal with the body aches?

How to exercise to deal with the body aches?

Slowly & surely.: Exercise is generally good for achiness, but start slow - warm-up, low-impact aerobic work (bicycling, elliptical), easy stretching once warmed up, light weights. Try to exercise on most days of the week - consistency is important in this regard. ...Read more

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Is it ok to exercise with a stress fracture?

Is it ok to exercise with a stress fracture?

Progressive return : There are usually ways to exercise without involving an injured body part. In the early stages of healing you should refrain from any stress on the injured area. As healing progresses you should resume exercise of the involved body part with low resistance/ low impact activities, and gradually progress. In many cases pain / swelling will guide the speed of your return to activity. ...Read more

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What would you recommend for treatment for a missed cuboid stress fracture (caused by walking for exercise)? Would crutches help 4 months later?

What would you recommend for treatment for a missed cuboid stress fracture (caused by walking for exercise)? Would crutches help 4 months later?

Not too Common.: I guess this means that you are still having pain the cuboid area. I am not exactly sure how you have come to the conclusion of a missed stress fracture, but if that is true, then crutches are a good option. The foot should be in an immobilization device such as a cam boot. The boot, with crutch assistance should be enough to start. These fractures can take 6 months, some a year. See a specialist. ...Read more

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Having discomfort along top of my foot, towards outside edge. No extreme pain, no swelling. No better over months. Exercise a lot. Stress fracture?

Having discomfort along top of my foot, towards outside edge. No extreme pain, no swelling. No better over months. Exercise a lot. Stress fracture?

Doubtful: most likely dorsal tendinitis. Try applying ice for 5 minutes followed by heat for 10, 2-3 times a day and apply some Capzaicin cream- this should help. If not, please get evaluated ...Read more

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How can I fix chronic foot and ankle swelling 1 year after metatarsal stress fracture? I wear a 20-30 mm hg knee sock daily and exercise 8 hrs/wk.

How can I fix chronic foot and ankle swelling 1 year after metatarsal stress fracture?  I wear a 20-30 mm hg knee sock daily and exercise 8 hrs/wk.

Swelling: The cause of the swelling needs to be determined. Stress fractures may create some residual swelling, but your local doctor should exam you. The compression rating for the stocking may be too low as well. ...Read more

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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 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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How do you know if you have a stress fracture?

How do you know if you have 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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How serious is an undiagnosed stress fracture?

How serious is an undiagnosed stress fracture?

stress fracture: Depends entirely on the location. Some stress fractures will heal almost regardless of treatment and don't even require significant activity modification (example: midshaft fibula). Others can progress to a complete fracture which if it displaces can be very serious (example: femoral neck). ...Read more

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Is it possible that a stress fracture not heal?

YES: You frequently hear of professional athletes having a stress fracture that does not heal, and they have the best treatment possible! I would order an MRI; if not healing, I would try a bone stimulator. Problems like diabetes and RA, and medications like prednisone, can affect healing. Sincerely, Dr. Latva ...Read more

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Can you tell me what it's like to have a stress fracture?

Can you tell me what it's like to have a stress fracture?

Pain: Usually with feet: increasing severity of pain with walking, can be accompanied by swelling, bruising and tenderness to touch at the site of the break. X-rays won't necessarily show anything until a few weeks later, when healing activity can be visible. Improves slowly with immobilization in a cast, rest, over eight weeks or so. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: stress fracture?

Stress: One of the few aptly named problems in medicine. It occurs when the stresses that a bone sees is greater than the strength of the bone. This occurs over time and is usually related to repetitive activities. If it occurs with a trauma then it is not considered a stress fracture, but a traumatic fracture. We see these commonly in the feet, tibia and hip. (note weight bearing). ...Read more

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What is a metatarsal stress fracture?

See below: It is a break in one of the 5 long bones that is just behind the toes. Usually happens from excessive pressure or trauma. ...Read more

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How does one get over a stress fracture?

How does one get over a stress fracture?

Rest: You will need to allow the fracture to heal which may take 4-8 weeks to heal you cannot really make the fracture heal faster than nature will allow once the fracture is fully healed you will gradually return to you normal activity. ...Read more

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How long for L4 stress fracture to heal?

6-8 weeks: It should heal in the 6-8 week time frame, assuming there are no other complicating factors. ...Read more

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What to do for calcaneus stress fracture?

What to do for calcaneus stress fracture?

Rest: Stress fractures usually resolve with simple non-surgical treatment (immobilization, crutches). Your primary care doctor or orthopaedic foot/ankle specialist could halp you assess risk fractures and prevention (mechanical and metabolic factors as well as training regimens that may have been related to the occurrence). ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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