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How can you tell the difference between a stress fracture and tendonitis?

How can you tell the difference between a stress fracture and tendonitis?

X-ray: They may co-exist but by definition a stress fracture will typically be confirmed by some imaging technique, usually plain x-ray but possibly MRI or bone scan. The diagnosis can be made but not confirmed in the absence of positive imaging if the history is right and no other diagnoses fit. ...Read more

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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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How can I tell the difference between a stress fracture, patellar tendonitis and shin splints?

How can I tell the difference between a stress fracture, patellar tendonitis and shin splints?

Location: For one would differentiate between patellar tendonitis and shin splints. Stress f/x and shin splints is a little more difficult. Sometimes an astute clinician could use a tuning fork to aid in diagnosis, an MRI would differentiate, xrays on first shooting may not be helpful. ...Read more

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How to know if I have tendonitis or a stress fracture?

How to know if I have tendonitis or a stress fracture?

You can't know: Where is the pain? It is difficult to answer this question without specifics. Have a doctor evaluate the issue. ...Read more

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What would be the differences between tendonitis and a 5th metatarsal stress fracture?

Fracture=bone: A stress fracture would be an injury to the bone - basically a crack in the bone, like a crack in a vase. Tendonitis is a condition of the tendon, in which the tendon is inflammed. ...Read more

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Peroneal tendonitis or lateral malleolus stress fracture, how to know the difference?

Location of pain: Tendonitis will also affect the peroneal muscle so the whole side of your leg will hurt. A stress fracture should only hurt in a localized area. ...Read more

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How can i distinguish between peroneal tendonitis or lateral malleolus stress fracture?

How can i distinguish between peroneal tendonitis or lateral malleolus stress fracture?

Clinically: By palpation an astute clinician appreciates the difference in anatomical location which can be subtle as the proximity of the two is obvious, diagnostic testing such as MRI would differentiate. But, kep in mind treatment can be similiar, so if you go into a cam walker boot you should heal either and don't really have to know which it is. Tendonitis is the more common of the two. ...Read more

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Foot stress fracture 7 months ago had bone scan but my foot still hurts when i walk doc says its tendonitis don't know?

Foot stress fracture 7 months ago had bone scan but my foot still hurts when i walk doc says its tendonitis don't know?

Stress Fracture?: Stress fracture can present as you described. Discuss the results of the scan with your doctor and don't be afraid to look for a second opinion, it always helps. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between tendinitis, bursitis or stress fracture?

From a radiology: standpoint it is simple. An MRI will easily distinguish between those three abnormalities. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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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. Michael Turner
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Stress Fracture (Definition)

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 ...Read more