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How long does a stress fracture of the femoral head usually take to heal?

How long does a stress fracture of the femoral head usually  take to heal?

Several months: A stress fracture in the hip is more serious than almost any other stress fractures. It will take several months to heal and is unusual in that it is one of the few stress fractures that may require surgical fixation to allow the best result. ...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 are the symptoms of hip stress fracture?

What are the symptoms of hip stress fracture?

Pain in the hip : The patient with a hip fracture will have pain over the outer upper thigh or in the groin. There will be significant discomfort with any attempt to flex or rotate the hip. The patient will have the pain increase with weight bearing. ...Read more

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What is a stress fracture?

What is a stress fracture?

Exam and imaging: A stress fracture is a fracture but stress fractures may be hard to see on standard x-rays and additional studies such as bone scan or MRI may be helpful. A careful history and exam is also very important as you correctly implied it can be confsuing so seek out so called experts such as a hand surgeon or orthopedic surgeon who specializes in that anatomical region. ...Read more

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How to diagnose stress fracture?

How to diagnose stress fracture?

Xray: An xray may show a fracture. If not, and there is a high clinical suspicion, an MRI or nuclear bone scan can be helpful. ...Read more

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Is there any way i can test to see whether the pain in my foot is either a stress fracture or foot sprain?

Is there any way i can test to see whether the pain in my foot is either a stress fracture or foot sprain?

X-Ray is needed: Stress fracture and sprains can feel the same, so an x-ray is in order to rule one out. Treatment options would also be quite different depending on the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Intense foot pain on top of rt foot came on suddenly. Ortho doc said stress fracture or gout. Blood tests neg. Gout yet prednisone cleared it up.

Intense foot pain on top of rt foot came on suddenly. Ortho doc said stress fracture or gout. Blood tests neg. Gout yet prednisone cleared it up.

Possible false neg: It is not uncommon for the uric acid level to be normal right after an acute gout attack. It can take time for the uric acid level to rise outside the normal range. I routinely do a sed rate blood test as well as a uric acid, knowing the uric acid may not be elevated in an acute attack. Being the steroids helpled, it is quite probable you had a gout attack. ...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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Can Fosamax (alendronate) cause stress fractures?

Yes: Low-energy femoral shaft and subtrochanteric fractures have been reported in postmarketing experience. ...Read more

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Does bump on shin mean stress fracture that is healing?

Possibly.: If you were diagnosed with a stress fracture in that area, a bump may indicate callous bone formation, or it could be inflammation of soft tissue. ...Read more

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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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)

A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more