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Doctor insights on: Hip Stress Fracture Recovery Limp Long Distance Runner

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I am a long distance runner. I had an early stress fracture a month ago and have switched to biking. The pain is gone now. Is it safe to start running?

I am a long distance runner. I had an early stress fracture a month ago and have switched to biking. The pain is gone now. Is it safe to start running?

Depends: Usually, for most types of soft tissue wounds, heing is 90% complete by 6-8 weeks. For bony injuries, it's longer, on the order of 8-12 weeks. It depends on the location and severity if the stress fracture. Best to ask the doctor that made the diagnosis, or an orthopedic surgeon. Hope this helps! ...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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I have a stress fracture in the neck of my hip bone and a torn labrum, what is the usual treatment and recovery time?

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

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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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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When is it necessary to get surgery for a hip stress fracture?

When is it necessary to get surgery for a hip stress fracture?

Old age,osteoporosis: There are many factors that need to be taking into consideration before making that decision, age, comorbidities, osteoporosis, activity level, how the fx occur.If you are a young active person in good heath with good bone quality fr does not need to be fixed, however if you are elderly person, with osteoporosis and other comorbidities probably this fx need to be fixed. ...Read more

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

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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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

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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)

A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more