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How do you fix a stress fracture of the femoral head?

How do you fix a stress fracture of the femoral head?

Fixation device: Hip pinning
a hip pinning is a procedure done to place several screws across the fractured bone. Hip pinning is generally only done in patients with a femoral neck fracture that is well aligned and minimally displaced. ...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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How long does a stress fracture of the femoral head usually take to heal?

How long does a stress fracture of the femoral head usually take to heal?

Several months: A stress fracture in the hip is more
serious than almost any other
stress fractures.
It will take several months to heal
and is unusual in that it is one
of the few stress fractures that may
require surgical fixation to allow the
best result. ...Read more

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I have a stress fracture of the head and neck of my 4th metacarpal. Its been 3 weeks and ortho hasn't fit me in. I have alot of pain what should I do?

I have a stress fracture of the head and neck of my 4th metacarpal. Its been 3 weeks and ortho hasn't fit me in. I have alot of pain what should I do?

Metacarpal?: Perhaps you mean the metatarsal (in the foot)? A metacarpal (hand) stress fracture would be almost if not entirely unheard-of depending on your job. If you feel the referral is too far off, try touching base with the primary care doc who made the referral (sometimes they never are told how far out it is made for) who should be able to expedite it if needed. ...Read more

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I have pain when I walk on the bottom of my foot at the head of my 4th an 5th metatarsal. I had an xray and didn't see a stress fracture. What is it?

I have pain when I walk on the bottom of my foot at the head of my 4th an 5th metatarsal. I had an xray and didn't see a stress fracture. What is it?

Plantar fasciitis: Painful head of metatarsal area could be joint irritation or tendons, once you have ruled out a fracture. RICE, rest, ice, compression, and elevation may work well. A short 5 day course of NSAID (Motrin, Ibuprofen, aleve, or naproxen) may help also ...Read more

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Pain in stress fracture femur after 6 weeks. Is that normal?

Pain in stress fracture femur after 6 weeks. Is that normal?

Generally not: In most cases, a simple closed fracture without significant movement (displacement) should heal well in an otherwise healthy 19 year old, assuming you let it heal and didn't re-injure. 6 weeks is usually about right. If it is delayed, there is incomplete healing (non-union), or there are other things involved like significant soft tissue injury, you should return to your doctor to follow-up. ...Read more

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Can you walk if you have a hip stress fracture?

Can you walk if you have a hip stress fracture?

No: Mr. Stein. I feel bad for the problem. A stress fracture is still a fracture and must be seen by an orthopedist. If you walk on it you may make it worse ...Read more

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Can child birth cause a hip stress fracture?

Can child birth cause a hip stress fracture?

Yes: If there existed a predisposing factor, such as osteopenia, osteoporosis, or a developing stress reaction, then childbearing, due to the extra weight bearing and rapid weight gain, could result in a developing stress fracture. ...Read more

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Ortho diagnosis distal femur stress fracture no known cause would you recommend searching for cause given unique location? How to find cause?

Ortho diagnosis distal femur stress fracture no known cause would you recommend searching for cause given unique location? How to find cause?

Rule out osteoporosi: I recommend you see your family doctor to rule out early causes of osteoporosis by appropriate testing. May need an endocrine consult and should rule out hypophosphatasia if labs point towards that with a chronically low alkaline phosphatase level. Parathyroid tests will need to be run. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hip stress fracture?

What are the symptoms of hip stress fracture?

Pain in the hip: The patient with a hip fracture will have pain over the outer upper thigh or in the groin. There will be significant discomfort with any attempt to flex or rotate the hip. The patient will have the pain increase with weight bearing. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hip stress fracture?

What are the symptoms of hip stress fracture?

Pain with activities: Stress fracture means a tiny crack in the bone as a result of too much stress on the bone, more often occurring on feet. Typically one does not feel much pain/discomfort at rest, but experiences more pain with activities putting stress on the bone, such as walking/running etc...
Stress fracture of hip is quite unusual at age 32 unless some recent trauma. So, consult doc for your pain. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a stress fracture in my femur?

How to tell if I have a stress fracture in my femur?

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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What can you tell me about a stress fracture in the hip?

Several months: A stress fracture in the hip is more
serious than almost any other
stress fractures.
It will take several months to heal
and is unusual in that it is one
of the few stress fractures that may
require surgical fixation to allow the
best result. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a stress fracture or reaction? I have recently increased my mileage in preparation for a Marathon and my hip is hurting.

What are the symptoms of a stress fracture or reaction? I have recently increased my mileage in preparation for a Marathon and my hip is hurting.

Pain with running: Pain in the hip area with weight bearing. Also, if you have pain with rotation your hip (internal or external rotation) can cause symptoms of pain. Typically, you should not have pain lying down or sitting up. ...Read more

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Can I begin running track again after 5-6 weeks of my stress fracture femur?

Can I begin running track again after 5-6 weeks of my stress fracture femur?

Not until cleared: You need to be cleared by your doctor for return to activity after a fracture, even stress fractures. ...Read more

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What can I do to speed up the healing process for a stress fracture in my hip?

What can I do to speed up the healing process for a stress fracture in my hip?

Walk with crutches: In most cases, a conservative course of care is initiated in order to create optimal conditions for the bone to heal. This goal can be expedited by rest and the use of crutches to keep weight off the joint for up to six weeks. ...Read more

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Hip bone pain but not a stress fracture, what is wrong?

Hip bone pain but not a stress fracture, what is wrong?

Several concerns: "hip bone pain" in a forties person might be referred pain from spine, sacroiliac joint disorder, greater trochanteric bursitis of femur, soft tissue injury of muscles, pyriformis syndrome, etc. An osteopath can help you to sort this out. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a stress fracture in your hip/pelvis? And treatment?

What are the symptoms of a stress fracture in your hip/pelvis? And treatment?

I guess pain: "hip/pelvis stress fracture" a curious medical diagnosis & one this doctor has never heard for symptoms in these structurally firm bone regions. Fractures (cracks) in these bones by & large occur from significant trauma & not from repetative biomechanical "stress"; unless person has severely advanced demineralization or wasting of bone mass & integrity from advanced age and/or a specific disease. ...Read more

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What are the chances of breaking a stress fracture femur?

It's already broken.: The chances of it becoming a displaced fracture becomes more possible if you do not follow your orthopedic surgeons plan of care. They R due 2 the bone being stressed beyond its ability to handle what you were doing 2 cause it. ...Read more

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Is there always pain associated with a hip stress fracture or could you have one undiagnosed for awhile because there isn't pain?

Sometimes: Yes, usually painful. Could be dull pain which you may not associate with a fracture. Important to have correct treatment so the fracture doesn't progress and worsen. ...Read more

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What is the recovery period for a hip stress fracture and what non weight bearing exercises are good?

What is the recovery period for a hip stress fracture and what non weight bearing exercises are good?

6 weeks: At least 6 weeks. Nonweight bearing exercises are fine. Swimming is great for stress fractures. Stationary biking is ok. ...Read more

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MRI confirmed recurrent/ residual stress fracture in rt distal femur (1st 9/18/13, 2nd 7/31/14). Despite rest, still lots of pain. Is this normal?

No: No, it's not normal. Bones usually take 6-8 weeks to heal. But healing can be slowed down by certain medications, smoking, among other things. A fracture that hasn't healed after 3 months is called a nonunion and may require surgery. You should see your orthopedic doctor for more specific treatment options about your case. ...Read more

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How long does it typically take for sclerosis to form due to stress fracture in the femur neck? Sclerosis found via X-ray but no fracture is visible.

4-6 weeks: Sclerosis refers to an increased bone density in an area. When described in conjunction with a fracture, it is usually associated with the healing response to the fracture and usually takes at least 4-6 weeks to start to show up on an xray. ...Read more

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Is a full leg cast needed for a stress fracture of femur?

I do not Think so: New trials with the treatment of stress fracture of the femur could be done without castinng. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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