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Is a compression fracture the same as stress fracture?

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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine
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In brief: Fracture

No. Compression fractures usually refer to injuries to the spine.
When you are younger this can usually be a result of significant trauma. As we get older and the bones become weaker a compression fracture can result from osteoporosis. Stress fractures on the other hand can involve any bone in the body and occur as a result of overuse and stress.

In brief: Fracture

No. Compression fractures usually refer to injuries to the spine.
When you are younger this can usually be a result of significant trauma. As we get older and the bones become weaker a compression fracture can result from osteoporosis. Stress fractures on the other hand can involve any bone in the body and occur as a result of overuse and stress.
Dr. Brian Chimenti
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Dr. David Trettin
As above; comp. fx.'s are common in the thoracic spine in older patients w/ osteopenic bone;stress fx's are more common in younger pts. who increase their activity level abruptly ...( metatarsal s, tibia, femoral neck, etc).
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