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What Is The Difference Between A Stress Reaction And A Stress Fracture
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
I was diagnosed w a stress reaction for medial shin pain. I don't think it's the right diagnosis. What are the diff btwn stress fracture and reaction?
Fracture vs. edema: With a stress fracture, an actual fracture line (crack in the bone) can be seen on an x-ray or MRI. A stress reaction means bone marrow edema (swelling of the inner part of the bone) can be seen on an MRI but no fracture line. Stress reaction is a "precursor" to a stress fracture, is less serious & often has a shorter recovery period. If I can help, join my team- www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more
My son (age 17) was diagnosed through an MRI with a stress reaction(not stress fracture yet)of his L5 and MD said 4 weeks rest. When will pain go away?
Stress fracture: Stress fracture is a term from ww 2 . Men were inducted , sent on forced marches with heavy packs and having pain. X rays were negative until 2-3 weeks went by and healing line seen . That was the fracture line. These became known as stress fractures as other doctors learned of this . Metatarsalgia is a catch all term for forefoot pain at the met head area for many reasons. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Please help! what is the difference between a stress fracture on the metatarsal, and metatarsalgia?
Bone and soft tissue: Fractures are breaks or cracks in bones whereas soft tissue structures like ligaments, tendons and muscles are what strain. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
An x-ray: Would be helpful, sometimes serial x-rays are needed. This is when an x-ray is taken and then repeated a week or 2 later. An MRI for sure can tell the difference. Finally, a good clinician based on clinical exam and history can often times make a highly educated guess. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Shin pain: "shin splint" typically refers to pain on the front of the lower leg, . Pain in this area may come from medial tibial stress syndrome (mtss), stress fractures, or compartment syndrome. Identifying the underlying reason for your pain can then help with a specific plan of care. Treatments usually consist of rest, stretching, ice, massage, or orthotics. (drmarkgalland.Com). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I tell the difference between a shin splint or stress fracture ? Have pain on inner mid part of shin for 3 days now hurts worse to touch it
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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