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What does a stress fracture in a tailbone feel like compared to muscular pain?

What does a stress fracture in a tailbone feel like compared to muscular pain?

Point tender: Usually it is a point tender pain over the tailbone versus diffuse muscular pain Both are tender and can feel the same though the tailbone hurts more with sitting and moving. Anti inflammatories and warm/cold soaks can help ...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 would cause a stress fracture of the coccyx?

What would cause a stress fracture of the coccyx?

Coccyx: Stress fracture may be caused by repetitive overuse, weak bone tissues such as osteopenia and osteoporosis, essentially too much stress for the bone to handle. ...Read more

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How will I know what does a stress fracture feel like?

How will I know what does a stress fracture feel like?

Painful: A stress fracture will present with similar symptoms as any fracture with pain over the area of the break, along with swelling. Different people describe pain differently. ...Read more

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Please explain what does a stress fracture feel like or a normal fracture?

Motion at fracture: A stress fracture by definition is still an intact bone issue, whereas a normal full fracture entails a bone break in to at least two parts (or more). The full fracture creates a region of potential motion (painful) at the fracture site with instability that will likely require immobilization. Stress fractures can certainly be painful, but no motion is sensed at the stress fracture site. ...Read more

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What does a stress fracture feel compared to a normal fracture?

Not much different: Both will give swelling, pain and redness at site of injury. ...Read more

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How long does a stress fracture in the foot take to heal?

Depends: It would be good to know which bone was fractured.

In general it takes 6-8 weeks to heal depending on treatment. ...Read more

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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

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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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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 stress fracture?

What is stress fracture?

Injury to the bone: Bone is constantly being broken down and re-built. With repetitive activity, it may break down more than it repairs itself resulting in a fracture of the bone. Rest, sometimes immobilization, and rarely surgery are treatment options. ...Read more

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What's a stress fracture?

What's a stress fracture?

A fracture w/o injur: A stress fracture is typically a fracture due to repetitive activity and stress but not due to an injury
these injuries are often secondary to running, marching or other repetitive activities
many cannot be diagnosed on x-ray exam but only with maris or bone scans. ...Read more

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If I have a stress fracture, how would it be treated?

Conservatively...: Usually rest is the treatment. Rest will prevent the stress fracture from progressing to a larger fracture. ...Read more

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What is a metatarsal stress fracture?

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?

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

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What to do for calcaneus stress fracture?

What to do for calcaneus stress fracture?

Rest: Stress fractures usually resolve with simple non-surgical treatment (immobilization, crutches). Your primary care doctor or orthopaedic foot/ankle specialist could halp you assess risk fractures and prevention (mechanical and metabolic factors as well as training regimens that may have been related to the occurrence). ...Read more

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Can a stress fracture be seen on an x-ray?

Not necessarily: Plain xrays may certainly miss a stress fracture. Fractures can be surprisingly difficult to diagnose and depend on a lot of factors including the quality of the xray (angles, adequate number of views, adequate tissue penetration). Sometimes a more expensive test may be required (such as MRI or ct scan). ...Read more

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Applying heat to a stress fracture. Is that ok?

DOESN'T HELP: If you're asking, does it help accelerate the healing time-no. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a tibial stress fracture?

Via med eval.: Self diagnosis is not a good approach. Medical history, x-ray and physical exam normally can rule in or rule out a fracture ; provide an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a navicular stress fracture. What do I do?

Stay off of it: If you have a fracture you have obviously seen a doctor follow their instructions. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a navicular stress fracture?

How to know if I have a navicular stress fracture?

See below: Pain and swelling in area are some signs. See podiatrist for complete examination and evaluation. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have metatarsal stress fracture?

How do I know if I have metatarsal stress fracture?

X-ray and exam.: Most stress fractures in the foot will have local tenderness to the bone. An x-ray will usually show if you have a stress fracture or not. If the stress fracture is new it may not show up on an x-ray for 2-3 weeks. In the early period an MRI would be able to show if you have a stress fracture or not. ...Read more

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If a stress fracture shows up on x-ray, is it severe?

If a stress fracture shows up on x-ray, is it severe?

Can be: It depends upon what bone it is

why is this picture here? >? ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a tibial stress fracture?

Imaging study such: As an MRI or a bone scan technique known as spect and if negatve then could be a tendonitis or what is known as an exertional compartment syndrome so see an orthopedic surgeon for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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How do you know when your stress fracture is healing?

How do you know when your stress fracture is healing?

Pain decrease: Usually as the stress fracture, heals,
the pain will diminish and the patient
will gradually begin to walk better and
with less pain.
If the fracture is fully healed, one
will be able to return to sports without
the pain from the fracture. ...Read more

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How long is recovery from surgery for stress fracture?

Depends: The location of the fracture is important, as well as if it required a plate, rod, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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