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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?

Load beyond capacity: If weight bearing bones are loaded beyond what their capacity is to handle the force, the bone will break down and become injured and cause stress fracture. ...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?

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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How do you treat stress fracture in the foot?

How do you treat stress fracture in the foot?

Depends on what bone: Depending on which bone is fractured and how badly it is fractured. Sometimes staying off completely until it heals, sometimes wearing a stiff shoe or fracture boot so you do not bend foot when walking will work. You need to talk to a podiatrist or orthopedist. ...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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How is a stress fracture treated?

How is a stress fracture treated?

Remove Stress: A stress fracture is an overuse injury of the bone, typically a long bone of the legs or a foot bone resulting from increased stress on the bone that caused tiny cracks to develop. If the overuse (running, vigorous training) continues a complete fracture can result. Treatment consists of eliminating the inciting stress, using braces or crutches until the bone recovers. Osteoporosis is also a risk. ...Read more

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Is the barouk shoe effective for treating a stress fracture of the 2nd metatarsal?

Yes as long as the: Fracture is amenable to conservative care and isn't displaced greatly. But, so is a normal post op shoe. A normal post op shoe is also easier to walk with. The baroque shoe is n it always easy to walk in.... ...Read more

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What is the recommended treatment for a stress fracture? What if you don't treat it?

What is the recommended treatment for a stress fracture? What if you don't treat it?

Relative Rest: Stress fractures are overuse injuries. Mainstay of treatment is rest. Requires athlete's injury be placed in whatever is necessary to eliminate pain. Casting/crutches for le injuries may be necessary. In some activity modification without bracing or immobilization may suffice. Underlying hormonal, vitamin deficiencies corrected. Training errors identified. If untreated may progress to fracture. ...Read more

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Treatments for stress fracture?

Cast shoe and rest!: This depends on where the fracture is located. In my practice I advise elevation, rest and Motrin as well as ice in the immediate phase. I also always refer to a podiatrist as they are expert in the causes and treatment of this condition. ...Read more

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How can I cure a lumbar stress fracture?

Get the imaging: You need to have an orthopedic doctor check you with imaging study like an MRI to define fracture. In most such non displaced and uncomplicated cases no casting or brace is required except for conservative supportive care with rest and pain meds. You should follow up to make sure it heals at expected time, and only gradually increase your activities to avoid repeat episodes and promote healing ...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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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

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How do you prevent stress fractures?

How do you prevent stress fractures?

Vit D3: Stress fracture due to severe osteoporosis - holistic approach try to alkalanize body maintain body pH between 6.8-7.4 by various options like vit D3 12, 000 units bid x 3 weeks then 6000 units daily x 3 weeks. Maintain D3 blood levels above 60 test for hydroxy vit D3 levels with your lab your pcp can order these tests. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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