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Doctor insights on: Femoral Neck Stress Fracture

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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 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.

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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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

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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 hasnt 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 hasnt 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 a stress fracture in the neck of my hip bone and a torn labrum, what is the usual treatment and recovery time?

Fracture priority: First priority is the fracture. See an ortho doc immediately. This can cause significant probs if not treated. Some stress fx's of fem neck need surgery. Once fracture is dealt with, then deal w the labrum. If surgery needed for stress fx, then possible surgery for both at same time if ortho doc does arthroscopy too. ...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 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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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

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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