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Doctor insights on: Safe Exercises With Sacral Stress Fracture

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What exercises are allowed when one has a right sacral ala stress fracture? Are swimming and biking okay?

What exercises are allowed when one has a right sacral ala stress fracture? Are swimming and biking okay?

Exercises: Not sure how long you have had the fracture, but with the proper healing time you should see a physical therapist, one that might specialize in sport medicine to help you start your rehab back and proper outpatient exercises related to your injury ...Read more

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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What does a sacral stress fracture feel like?

What does a sacral stress fracture feel like?

Sacral fracture: Localized pain and limited mobility around the pelvic and hip musculature. ...Read more

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Does having osteoporosis delay the healing of a fracture? Specifically a sacral stress fracture.

Does having osteoporosis delay the healing of a fracture? Specifically a sacral stress fracture.

Osteoporosis: 23 M asks: Does having osteoporosis delay the healing of a fracture? Specifically a sacral stress fracture. ANS: yes but would be very unusual at your age. ...Read more

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What are safe exercises to do with a stress fracture?

What are safe exercises to do with a stress fracture?

Non weightbearing: Non weight bearing activity such as light cycling, swimming and weight lifting (while sitting and lying down). Discuss with your doctor. Will probably be able to gradually increase stress as symptoms resolve. Dr l. ...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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Are there stretches and exercises to help a stress fracture?

Are there stretches and exercises to help a stress fracture?

Nothing: Best treatment is immobilization and rest. Get off it. Should be doing no stretching or exercising that affects the injured area. ...Read more

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What are some stretches and exercises to help treat a stress fracture?

What are some stretches and exercises to help treat a stress fracture?

Non weightbearing: Non weight bearing activity such as light cycling, swimming and weight lifting (while sitting and lying down). Discuss with your doctor. Will probably be able to gradually increase stress as symptoms resolve. Non weight stretching to keep joints mobile and tendons flexible are helpful. May need to see pt. Dr l. ...Read more

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I am a long distance runner. I had an early stress fracture a month ago and have switched to biking. The pain is gone now. Is it safe to start running?

I am a long distance runner. I had an early stress fracture a month ago and have switched to biking. The pain is gone now. Is it safe to start running?

Depends: Usually, for most types of soft tissue wounds, heing is 90% complete by 6-8 weeks. For bony injuries, it's longer, on the order of 8-12 weeks. It depends on the location and severity if the stress fracture. Best to ask the doctor that made the diagnosis, or an orthopedic surgeon. Hope this helps! ...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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What kind of exercises can I do with a stress fracture in my foot? Also, once i heal, can I try running again? Was doing couch-5k program.

What kind of exercises can I do with a stress fracture in my foot? Also, once i heal, can I try running again? Was doing couch-5k program.

Nonweightbearing: Swimming, upper body workouts are usually safe to do but check with your doctor first. Once you are healed, it might take a transition period to return to normal shoes, then normal activities, then walking then light jogging. This can take place over a 2-3 week period once your doctor gives the okay. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the recovery period for a hip stress fracture and what non weight bearing exercises are good?

What is the recovery period for a hip stress fracture and what non weight bearing exercises are good?

6 weeks: At least 6 weeks. Nonweight bearing exercises are fine. Swimming is great for stress fractures. Stationary biking is ok. ...Read more

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What would you recommend for treatment for a missed cuboid stress fracture (caused by walking for exercise)? Would crutches help 4 months later?

What would you recommend for treatment for a missed cuboid stress fracture (caused by walking for exercise)? Would crutches help 4 months later?

Not too Common.: I guess this means that you are still having pain the cuboid area. I am not exactly sure how you have come to the conclusion of a missed stress fracture, but if that is true, then crutches are a good option. The foot should be in an immobilization device such as a cam boot. The boot, with crutch assistance should be enough to start. These fractures can take 6 months, some a year. See a specialist. ...Read more

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High sprain ankle stress fracture on 1. The other ankle hurts now after 11 weeks using crutches and some exercises. Hard to move around what do I do?

High sprain ankle stress fracture on 1.  The other ankle hurts now after 11 weeks using crutches and some exercises.  Hard to move around what do I do?

This happens: This happens often, due to the fact that you have placed all of your weight in the last 11 weeks on the contralateral leg and ankle. You have developed tendinitis at this time. Ice, elevate and compress. Also if you are receiving physical therapy at this time for the broken ankle, you may want to let your therapist know about the pain. Let you doctor know as well. ...Read more

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Having discomfort along top of my foot, towards outside edge. No extreme pain, no swelling. No better over months. Exercise a lot. Stress fracture?

Having discomfort along top of my foot, towards outside edge. No extreme pain, no swelling. No better over months. Exercise a lot. Stress fracture?

Doubtful: most likely dorsal tendinitis. Try applying ice for 5 minutes followed by heat for 10, 2-3 times a day and apply some Capzaicin cream- this should help. If not, please get evaluated ...Read more

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How can I fix chronic foot and ankle swelling 1 year after metatarsal stress fracture? I wear a 20-30 mm hg knee sock daily and exercise 8 hrs/wk.

How can I fix chronic foot and ankle swelling 1 year after metatarsal stress fracture?  I wear a 20-30 mm hg knee sock daily and exercise 8 hrs/wk.

Swelling: The cause of the swelling needs to be determined. Stress fractures may create some residual swelling, but your local doctor should exam you. The compression rating for the stocking may be too low as well. ...Read more

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What can cause a stress fracture?

Overuse: Stress fractures are the result of repetitive micro trauma to a bone from overuse. This is typically seen in individuals who start on a very vigorous exercise program that their body is not in condition to handle (e.g. New military personnel in boot camp). ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a stress fracture?

How do you diagnose a stress fracture?

Symptoms and Imaging: Stress fractures usually cause pain, but may also cause swelling and discoloration.

The nature of stress fractures can make them very hard to identify on x-rays, but some may be apparent based on their size or phase in healing. Larger stress fractures or those that have had some to start healing are often the ones that can be seen with x-ray.

The most specific test for a stress fracture is a mri. ...Read more

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Can a stress fracture becomes a break?

Can a stress fracture becomes a break?

Yes: A stress fracture is in fact a "break" in the bone and so all stress fractures are "breaks" in the bone already. Thank you. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a stress fracture?

How do you diagnose  a stress fracture?

May need mri: Many stress fractures don't show up on
xray exams
if there is suspicion of a possible
stress fracture, an MRI would best show
the injury
a bone scan would be helpful but is not
as specific for location as the MRI would be. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a stress fracture?

How do you know if you have a stress fracture?

May need mri: Many stress fractures don't show up on
xray exams
if there is suspicion of a possible
stress fracture, an MRI would best show
the injury
a bone scan would be helpful but is not
as specific for location as the MRI would be. ...Read more

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How serious is an undiagnosed stress fracture?

How serious is an undiagnosed stress fracture?

stress fracture: Depends entirely on the location. Some stress fractures will heal almost regardless of treatment and don't even require significant activity modification (example: midshaft fibula). Others can progress to a complete fracture which if it displaces can be very serious (example: femoral neck). ...Read more

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Is it possible that a stress fracture not heal?

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 ...Read more

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Can you tell me what it's like to have a stress fracture?

Can you tell me what it's like to have a stress fracture?

Pain: Usually with feet: increasing severity of pain with walking, can be accompanied by swelling, bruising and tenderness to touch at the site of the break. X-rays won't necessarily show anything until a few weeks later, when healing activity can be visible. Improves slowly with immobilization in a cast, rest, over eight weeks or so. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: stress fracture?

Stress: One of the few aptly named problems in medicine. It occurs when the stresses that a bone sees is greater than the strength of the bone. This occurs over time and is usually related to repetitive activities. If it occurs with a trauma then it is not considered a stress fracture, but a traumatic fracture.
We see these commonly in the feet, tibia and hip. (note weight bearing). ...Read more

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What is a metatarsal stress fracture?

See below: It is a break in one of the 5 long bones that is just behind the toes. Usually happens from excessive pressure or trauma. ...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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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. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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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