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Doctor insights on: Safe Exercises With Sacral Stress Fracture

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Resumed sports after resting wrist stress fracture for 3 weeks, pain free exercise but still painful to touch or squeeze on a certain part of my wrist?

Resumed sports after resting wrist stress fracture for 3 weeks, pain free exercise but still painful to touch or squeeze on a certain part of my wrist?

You should be seen: By an orthopedic surgeon to assess healing and return to activity as most fractures take a minimum of 6 weeks to heal in an adult.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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