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What are the best treatments for stress injuries to the bones?

What are the best treatments for stress injuries to the bones?

Rest and nutrition: If a stress fracture occurs in a weight-bearing bone, healing will be delayed or prevented by continuing to put weight on that limb. Rest is the only option for complete healing of a stress fracture. The amount of recovery time varies greatly depending upon the location, severity, the strength of the body's healing response and an individual's nutritional intake + vit d3, vit k2, c, zinc, protein. ...Read more

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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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Why does it seem like my bones are aching ? Could this be stress

Why does it seem like my bones are aching ? Could this be stress

Growing pains: Hang in there champ....You'll soon grow out of them! stress, probably not.....Growing pains, " yes". ...Read more

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I have this werid lump on my hip bone I have just found it . It occured after I have a brousing should I be worried what could it be ? Im stressing

I have this werid lump on my hip bone I have just found it .
It occured after I have a brousing should I be worried what could it be ? 
Im stressing

Bony Lesion: This is because you may have a hematoma/contusion (the painful swelling described) that is limited to this or worse, associated with a fracture. But this also may represent something more ominous if this was actually pre-existing such as a neoplastic process (tumor) and was only incidentally discovered because of trauma. See your physician who can help you with diagnosis (may involve an xray). ...Read more

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Can screws cause stress risers in bone?

Can screws cause stress risers in bone?

Unlikely: Haven't seen a single screw create a problem of a stress riser. More common is the stress riser created from removal of a screw and the remaining defect in the bone before it fills in with new bone. ...Read more

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Should I take glucosamine supplement for bone injuries like, stress changes to the bone?

Should I take glucosamine supplement for bone injuries like, stress changes to the bone?

Not really for bone: Glucosamine is a component of joint cartilage and some studies have shown natural anti-inflammatory effects and lessened joint pains due to this and other supplements. It may even have some healing effects for cartilage injury. Stress injuries to the bone and decreased bone density have more to do with bone mineralization (calcium and phosphate) and wouldn't be affected directly by glucosamine. ...Read more

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Emotional stress affects healing of broken bones?

Emotional stress affects healing of broken bones?

Anxiety Expected: Anyone having broken bones can be expected to have emotionall stress. Unless the stress prevents you from getting proper medical and surgical care, following doctors orders and eating and sleeping reasonably well, there should be no impact on the healing of the bones. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a stress fracture or a bruised bone?

How to know if I have a stress fracture or a bruised bone?

Via med eval.: Self- diagnosis is not a good approach. Medical history, x-ray and physical exam normally can rule in or rule out a fracture ; provide an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat stress fracture of my talus bone?

What is the best way to treat stress fracture of my talus bone?

Stress fracture: The best way is to follow the directions of your treating physician, which I am certain involve either non weight bearing or cam walker or casting. Second guessing your doc rarely works out well. ...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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How to know if you have a ankle stress fracture I have ankle pain outside of the bone the pain comes & goes.

How to know if you have a ankle stress fracture  I have ankle pain outside of the bone the pain comes & goes.

See doctor: Stress fractures or reactions occur when the amount of stress you put on a bone exceeds your body's ability to keep up with it. Signs are pain on weight bearing and use, swelling and point tenderness. Intial xrays may be negative upto several weeks after it strats. Bone scans are positive after 2-4 days and MRI is best test to diagnose quickly as well as rule out other causes of pain. ...Read more

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Is an X-ray the only way to know if bone contusions caused stress fractures? Or are there symptoms that you can go by? Can't get dr. To check for it.

Best way: X-rays are usually the best way to decide whether you have a fracture or not, but they are not the only way. Usually a stress fracture does not come from a specific injury, but is the the result of repeated minor stresses or injuries . A fracture is usually tender in a very localized area. Ask the doctor why he doesn't want to do an x-ray. If it does not make sense, ask him again to do x-rays. ...Read more

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I had a stress fracture in my navicular bone at the end of november and tear in my anterior talofibular ligament and the tear still isn't healed?

I had a stress fracture in my navicular bone at the end of november and tear in my anterior talofibular ligament and the tear still isn't healed?

6 months = 2 long.: Typically, tears of the anterior talofibular ligament respond very well to non-surgical treatment. An appropriate period in immobility and subsequent physical therapy are usually adequate. If after 6 months, you are still having pain and instability of the ankle, then perhaps it's time for another look to given to the injured ligament and the old injury. ...Read more

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Foot stress fracture 7 months ago had bone scan but my foot still hurts when i walk doc says its tendonitis don't know?

Stress Fracture?: Stress fracture can present as you described. Discuss the results of the scan with your doctor and don't be afraid to look for a second opinion, it always helps. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more