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Doctor insights on: How To Heal A Stress Fracture Faster

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How can you make a stress fracture heal fast?

How can you make a stress fracture heal fast?

Bone stimulator: A bone stimulator in my experience will make a stress fracture heal faster than natural forces alone unfortunately stimulators are expensive and health insurance companies only pay for them in treating non-unions or delayed unions of certain types of fractures.

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can there be any way to make a stress fracture heal fast and efficiently?

Can there be any way to make a stress fracture heal fast and efficiently?

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.

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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?

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?

????: I've never heard of a 'calcaneal grade 4+ stress fx.' Maybe it's a grading system common in Australia. But yes, it can heal faster than six weeks, especially if you're healthy AND DON'T SMOKE.

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I had a porous tendon repaired 4 moths ago went back to work now I have a stress fracture of the met 5th bone how do I get this to heal any faster?

I had a porous tendon repaired 4 moths ago went back to work now I have a stress fracture of the met 5th bone how do I get this to heal any faster?

Casting/Cam Walker: Stress fracture, just like any other fracture requires immobilization. I would ask your treating doctor for either non weight bearing case or a cam walker. Also a bone stimulator might help. Again ask your treating doctor for any or all of these options and they can help.

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How to heal a stress fracture?

How to heal a stress fracture?

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.

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How long will it take to heal a stress fracture under the knee cap?

How long will it take to heal a stress fracture under the knee cap?

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!

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Is it possible that a stress fracture not heal?

YES: 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. Sincerely, Dr. Latva

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How long for L4 stress fracture to heal?

How long for L4 stress fracture to heal?

6-8 weeks: It should heal in the 6-8 week time frame, assuming there are no other complicating factors.

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How long willa stress fracture in the back take to heal?

How long willa stress fracture in the back take to heal?

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..

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When a stress fracture pubis ramis does not heal?

Pubic fracture: Nonunion may occur in any fracture. Check with your orthopedic surgeon.

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Non-union of 3rd met stress fracture (20 weeks), told surgery needed. Might not be for 3 weeks- any chance it could heal by itself in that time?

Non-union of 3rd met stress fracture (20 weeks), told surgery needed. Might not be for 3 weeks- any chance it could heal by itself in that time?

Possibly: You may want to ask for a bone stimulator, which can sometimes successfully get delayed unions to heal with out surgery, injectable growth factors considered helpful by some. Make sure you are not smoking, using NSAIDs, or weight bearing on it can all also help.

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Will a foot stress fracture heal if I walk limitedly on it?

Will a foot stress fracture heal if I walk limitedly on it?

MAYBE: It could heal; conversely, it could evolve into a complete fx. Calcium level, vitamin D level, smoking all influence healing.

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Is it possible for a stress fracture of the foot to heal on its own without treatment?

Yes: The quickest route to healing would be to immobilize the foot, but the fracture will eventually heal on its own. The more pressurei n the area and the more motion trying to occur at the fracture line the more pain you will have.

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How long does a stress fracture in the foot take to heal?

How long does a stress fracture in the foot take to heal?

Depends: It would be good to know which bone was fractured. In general it takes 6-8 weeks to heal depending on treatment.

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