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Is a stress fracture the same thing as a compression fracture in your bone?

Is a stress fracture the same thing as a compression fracture in your bone?

No: Think of a stress fracture as a piece of plastic being bent until it forms a white line of "microfractures" and eventually breaks- fatigue failure. Whereas a compression fracture is from too much weight suddenly applied to a bone- like dropping a bowling ball on a tile. ...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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Is a compression fracture the same as stress fracture?

Is a compression fracture the same as stress fracture?

Fracture : No. Compression fractures usually refer to injuries to the spine. When you are younger this can usually be a result of significant trauma. As we get older and the bones become weaker a compression fracture can result from osteoporosis. Stress fractures on the other hand can involve any bone in the body and occur as a result of overuse and stress. ...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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How to self examine a stress fracture on the 5th metatarsal bone at home?

How to self examine a stress fracture on the 5th metatarsal bone at home?

That is: difficult, because non-fracture stress injuries in the same region can have similar signs/symptoms. If you know for sure that you have a fracture, only xrays can demonstrate the healing response. Of course, if your symptoms have resolved, it is healed. ...Read more

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Why are injections required before doing a bone scan to check for a stress fracture?

Why are injections required before doing a bone scan to check for a stress fracture?

Only one: Only one inflection is needed. That is the injection of tc-mdp, the tracer taken up by he bones and detected by the nuclear medicine camera. This tracer shows active bone turnover and is focally "hot" in sites of fracture. ...Read more

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What causes you to need to get an injection to do a bone scan to check for a stress fracture?

Radiotracer: A nuclear medicine bone scan is used to evaluate for conditions affecting bones including cancer, fractures, degenerative diseases etc. The radiotracer or radioactive material used is injected through a vein quickly reach your bones where it is deposited. A gamma camera is used to detect the radiotracer and images are created. The radiation is cleared from your body mostly in urine. ...Read more

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How typical is it for a bone bruise to turn into a stress fracture?

How typical is it for a bone bruise to turn into a stress fracture?

Fracture or bruise: In bone can be very subtle difference. We say bone bruise when we can't identify a fracture line but the bone is swollen, and often this diagnosis made on an MRI when the bone has fluid in it but no true crack can be seen. Stress fracture is a very tiny crack that occurs over time. At times imaging , x-ray or MRI or bone scan changes what we name it but one doesn't just turn into the other. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a stress fracture in the 5th metatarsal bone?

What is the treatment for a stress fracture in the 5th metatarsal bone?

Varies: Protected walking in a CAM boot or no weightbearing at all depending on the location of the injury within the bone. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a stress fracture on the 5th metatarsal bone?

What is the treatment for a stress fracture on the 5th metatarsal bone?

Stress fracture: Hard sole shoe or walking boot. May need period of rest, nonweightbearing, & crutches. ...Read more

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I believe I've had a stress fracture in my calcaneus bone for about 4 months. My podiatrist never x-rayed me. If I get one now, will it still show?

Possibly: If you had a true stress fracture and continue to have one the x-ray may show it. A much more sensitive test for a stress fracture not seen on radiographs would be an MRI. An MRI will also show other pathology ...Read more

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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 ?

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. ...Read more

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How easily can a bone bruise turn into a stress fracture?

How easily can a bone bruise turn into a stress fracture?

Stress fractures: Are the result of excessive pressure or strss on bone for a prolonged period of time. Not from a single incident of trauma. So if there is no abnormal stress on bone, stress fracture should not occur. ...Read more

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Mri showed stress fracture and bone edema in heel. Been on crutches off n on 12 weeks. Gets better after rest then when walking pain comes back.?

Mri showed stress fracture and bone edema in heel.  Been on crutches off n on 12 weeks. Gets better after rest then when walking pain comes back.?

Have the site checke: Would obtain follow up MRI or ct to assess healing, then hopefully proceed to weight bearing, active physical therapy and then a return to normal activities if everything progresses well. ...Read more

Dr. L. Collins
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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