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How Long For Teen Stress Fractures To Heal
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
2-3 month: Sress fracture you don't see on the regular x-ray but you pain of it, you have to do special x-ray to see it.. ...Read more
Months: Fractures typically heal in 3 months. Follow the instructions of your orthopaedic surgeon and be patient. ...Read more
Discuss w/ your doc: In general distal fibula stress fractures take 8 weeks to heal (+_2 weeks). Stress fractures of other 'ankle ' bones may take longer to heal (distal tibia, navicular etc.) Best to ask this question to your treating ORS. Best of Luck! ...Read more
12-16 weeks: It take a while depending the type of the fracture and location. ...Read more
6-8 weeks of rest: Must ice, rest and not aggravate it. ...Read more
How long does it take for a heel stress fracture to heal enough so that crutches are no longer required?
It depend: What kind of fracture and were is located, in general it take about 4- 8 weeks. ...Read more
It would be good to know which bone was fractured.
In general it takes 6-8 weeks to heal depending on treatment. ...Read more
A stress fracture in the hip is more
serious than almost any other
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
Have a stress fracture for4 weeks been in boot. Still not healed, tender to touch and when I bend. Why is it taking so long & can I poss. Heal it quicker?
Depends on what/wher: If it is afx @ base if 5th metatarsal & transverse they often need surgery. Google jones fx. If a mid tarsal fx 2-4 u have 2 b patient & not bear wt 2 soon. Don't cheat & keep testing it. Follow ur ortho's advice. Stress means stress so stressing it 2 soon is not a good idea.2 hurry up healing is 2 b patient. Follow the doc's plan! ...Read more
8+++ wks, maybe more: Stress fractures of the patella are rare and diagnosis is often delayed by months. Nonoperative treatment involves immobilization and protected weight bearing (ie stay off it). Nonop tx is often unsuccessful and then surgery is the recommended. Healing takes 2+ months, often 3-4. You need to be followed closely. See a knee specialist soon. Good luck! ...Read more
How long does it take for a pars stress fracture take to heal, in a 16 year old. When will I be able to play soccer once again?
Several months: Usually takes 4-6 months for pars fracture to heal if there is not increased space between fracture fragments. Sometimes patient is placed in brace to help healing by immobilizing the spine. ...Read more
Can a stress fracture of the 2nd metatarasal take longer than 9 weeks to heal? I've been in a walking boot for 9+ weeks but still have pain and swelling
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How long does a tibial stress fracture take to heal &without pain. I have a knee brace that I am suppose to wear full time. Hurt it ~6 weeks ago?
Partial tendon tear or stress fracture in my ankle area on both legs. What can I do to heal it? How long usually does it take?
It can take a while:
Tendons receive a relatively poor blood supply, and can take a long time to heal. You need to rest it as much as possible. As hard as it might be, what rests that area better than anything is a non-weight bearing cast, and even this may take a couple of months.
Wish I had better news. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more
Is 12 weeks on crutches long enough for a heel stress fracture to heal? It still hurts to walk on it. The MRI showed a stress fracture in heel along with bone edema. Help.
Yes: 6-8 wks is all that is typically required for a stree fracture to heal. Most likely the bone is healed but the plantar fascia has tightened up due to non weightbearing and is now becoming inflamed. However if the bone has not healed you may have osteopenia, calcium or vitamin d deficiency. You should see your podiatrist. ...Read more
Stop Stressing.: Healing stress fractures is accomplished, for the most part, by simply reducing weight bearing (i.e. stress) to the involved bone. The remedy may involve complete off weight as with crutches, to simply wearing regular shoes but drastically reducing time on the foot. Typically a weight bearing cam walker boot works just fine. The trick is to stay off foot long enough for the fracture to heal. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the bone and how much weight it has to bear. Those in bone that carry much load may break all the way through and deform, with increased pain, deformity, and other problems. Others may heal with bone or scar and do fairly well. Have an orthopaedist advise you on your particular situation. ...Read more
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.
Dr. Latva ...Read more
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
Depends: The location of the fracture is important, as well as if it required a plate, rod, etc. ...Read more
Rest: Usually about 6 weeks, but you need to rest the fractured extremity or the pain and fracture will persist. ...Read more
6-12 weeks: Anything from 6-12 weeks depending on whether you are weight bearing on it or not. ...Read more
Approximately 6 week: Pain can go away before this time but on average take 2 weeks in either direction. I am a big fan of making sure vitamin d levels are within normal range after dignosing someone with a stress fracture. Over 90% of the time I fing them to be deficient or insufficient. ...Read more
Can a bilateral pars stress fracture still heal after being miss diagnosed for 6 months? I am 22 and very active.
Not impossible: But spontaneous healing of pars defects is uncommon. ...Read more
I've been diagnosed with a calcaneal grade 4+ stress fracture but I have no pain. Is it possible that I will be able to heal faster than 6 weeks?
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
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