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What Does A Stress Fracture On The Tailbone Feel Like
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
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
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
Not much different: both will give swelling, pain and redness at site of injury. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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