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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 it easy to get a shoulder injury from weightlifting?

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Is it easy to get a shoulder injury from weightlifting?

Yes: Poor techinque, excessive weight, frequency of exercise without adequatre rest between lifting can lead to shoulder injuries. Long term weight lifting can also lead to wear and tear in the shoulder and especially in the ac joint. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a pinched nerve as a result of lifting weights?

Is it possible to get a pinched nerve as a result of lifting weights?

Yes: Disc herniation can occur secondary to overloading its weight bearing capabilities as a disc is designed for carrying & distributing load as well as allowing for motion. Sometimes it is not just the amount of weight lifted but the incorrect way it was done or even related to a repetition mode of failure. Conditioning or lack of may also play a role as can muscle fatigue placing more load on disc. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop a hemorrhoid from lifting dumbbells?

Is it possible to develop a hemorrhoid from lifting dumbbells?

Possibly: Straining of any kind including constipation or difficulty urinating, can cause increased shunting of blood to the pelvis and engorgement of the hemorrhoidal veins, usually more so to the external hemorrhoids. If they swell, the best treatment is warm soaks and bed rest for 24 hours. If they rupture or thrombose and are causing a lot of pain, may require lancing. ...Read more

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What happens to a joint to make it have bursitis? Is it a stress injury from overtraining?

What happens to a joint to make it have bursitis? Is it a stress injury from overtraining?

Overactivity causes: Over activity of a group of muscles lead to irritation of the bursa which is a cushion between the muscle layers, resulting in bursitis. Trauma, inflammation, infection can also lead to bursitis. Sometimes an inflammed joint can lead to overlying or adjacent bursitis. ...Read more

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Is it safe to lift weights when I have a stress fracture in the shin?

Is it safe to lift weights when I have a stress fracture in the shin?

Yes: Let pain be your guide and may lift if it does not cause pain. Pain is a sign that you are not allowing it to heal. ...Read more

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Is it ok to exercise with a stress fracture?

Is it ok to exercise with a stress fracture?

Progressive return : There are usually ways to exercise without involving an injured body part. In the early stages of healing you should refrain from any stress on the injured area. As healing progresses you should resume exercise of the involved body part with low resistance/ low impact activities, and gradually progress. In many cases pain / swelling will guide the speed of your return to activity. ...Read more

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Could there be a reason to wear a weight lifting belt for my deadlift?

Could there be a reason to wear a weight lifting belt for my deadlift?

Better to!: The belt helps prevent back injury! it is mandatory in competition! that having been said, except in competition, i did not always wear a belt. Shame on me! ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop a fracture after you sprain your ankle?

Is it possible to develop a fracture after you sprain your ankle?

Yes, after or during: Ankle sprains by nature and definition involve the ligaments that connect the bones together that make up the ankle joint. Ligaments can be stretched partially, tear partially or completely, or even pull off a piece of bone at the connection site (termed- avulsion fracture). If the ankle deforms enough during a sprain injury or afterwards, the ankle cn actually develop an overt fracture. ...Read more

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Is it possible to pull a shoulder muscle without doing anything strenuous?

Yes: Yes, however it is more likely that your have a tendinity or bursitis of the shoulder. If it persists, have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Could someone get a stress fracture from standing up too much?

Could someone get a stress fracture from standing up too much?

Unlikely: Stress fracture is a result of repetitive micro-trauma, e.g. running. Standing does not generally cause this type of stress on the bones. If you have a fracture from standing or other routine activities, it may be due to low bone density. Please talk to your doctor about your concerns. ...Read more

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Can a 9 month old get a stress fracture from excessive use from a jumparoo over couple of months? Jumping on a hard floor

Can a 9 month old get a stress fracture from excessive use from a jumparoo over couple of months? Jumping on a hard floor

It is not impossible: Also could be fracture from falling or injuring his leg during jumping on the hard floor.(i have not seen stress fracture at that age). ...Read more

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Should i get a stress fracture air cam boot? When is it necessary?

Should i get a stress fracture air cam boot? When is it necessary?

Air CAM Boot: If you have a stress fracture of the ankle or foot the aircast boots work well. They help to unload the weight of the ankle and decrease pain. It also allows patients to walk without crutches.. ...Read more

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How does one get over a stress fracture?

Rest: You will need to allow the fracture to heal which may take 4-8 weeks to heal you cannot really make the fracture heal faster than nature will allow once the fracture is fully healed you will gradually return to you normal activity. ...Read more

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What's the fastest way to get rid of a stress fracture in your foot?

What's the fastest way to get rid of a stress fracture in your foot?

Let it heal.: You don't really "get rid of a stress fracture, " you progress along the normal stages of bone healing. There of no "fastest way, " it just takes time. ...Read more

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Is it safe to lift weights when I have a stress fracture in the shin?

Yes: Let pain be your guide and may lift if it does not cause pain. Pain is a sign that you are not allowing it to heal. ...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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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 ?

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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I get stressed a lot and my ankle has been hurting i did not fall or anything sometimes it feels numb and hurts all the time is this a stress fracture?

Unlikely: At 8 Y.O. You may be suffering something called osteochondrosis.This is when the blood flow to your growth plates may be altered and although when the plates close in yor teenage years, you can get relief with rest, ice, children's advil or tylenol, (acetaminophen) foot orthotics and sometimes cortisone injections. There are other possible causes, so go to a foot dr.(podiatrist) to be examined and get an x-ray ...Read more

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Swelling and pain from metatarsal stress fracture- how long should it last with non-weight bearing in boot and crutches?

Swelling and pain from metatarsal stress fracture- how long should it last with non-weight bearing in boot and crutches?

To stress a point.: No method can predict exactly how long it will take a stress fracture to heal, under any conditions. Having said that, when you remove or substantially reduce the very stress that over powered the speed of your bone's ability to heal, then the fracture can repair itself. The accepted time frame is between 6-12 weeks or when all signs of fracture are gone. Non and limited weight bearing is best. ...Read more

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Stress fracture of my 3rd metatarsal, had hard cast for 3 weeks and medical shoe for 2, 1 week later& swollen and in pain. Should I get 2nd opinion?

Stress fracture of my 3rd metatarsal, had hard cast for 3 weeks and medical shoe for 2, 1 week later& swollen and in pain. Should I get 2nd opinion?

May not be healed: Stress fractures of the 2nd and 3rd metatarsals are fairly common. They usually take a full 8 weeks to heal. Possibly your fracture is not yet healed... I would get back in the 'boot' and see your orthopedist for reevaluation and new X-rays . Best of Luck!! ...Read more

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Can a knee injury/weight gain lead to a metatarsal stress fracture?

Can a knee injury/weight gain lead to a metatarsal stress fracture?

Stress fracture: A knee injury or weight gain alone won't cause a metatarsal stress fracture. What they will do is put added stress on the foot/feet. Overtime, if nothing changes, stress fractures can develop. ...Read more

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MRI confirms no stress fracture but I still have 5th metatarsal pain. Can I use a walking boot anyways? Should I get short, med, or tall one?

MRI confirms no stress fracture but I still have 5th metatarsal pain. Can I use a walking boot anyways? Should I get short, med, or tall one?

Can use walking boot: Nice to know that your MRI doesn't show a stress fracture. That means you don't need a walking boot but if pain persists, it is fine to use a short walking boot for a few week to see if the pain subsides. Be careful though because if you are in the boot for several weeks then come out quickly it can put you at an increased risk of developing a stress fracture. ...Read more

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Have all the signs of a metatarsal stress fracture but x-Ray didn't show anything. Why would doctor make me wait to get an MRI if I have all symptoms?

So take a different: Approach. Treat it like a met fracture. Lets say it is a fracture....a surgical shoe or cam walker is a good treatment and check your vitamin d levels. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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