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Is it ok to exercise with a stress fracture?

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Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Progressive return

There are usually ways to exercise without involving an injured body part.
In the early stages of healing you should refrain from any stress on the injured area. As healing progresses you should resume exercise of the involved body part with low resistance/ low impact activities, and gradually progress. In many cases pain / swelling will guide the speed of your return to activity.

In brief: Progressive return

There are usually ways to exercise without involving an injured body part.
In the early stages of healing you should refrain from any stress on the injured area. As healing progresses you should resume exercise of the involved body part with low resistance/ low impact activities, and gradually progress. In many cases pain / swelling will guide the speed of your return to activity.
Dr. Mark Galland
Dr. Mark Galland
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In brief: AVOID

Avoid higher impact exercises like running.
A stress fracture can evolve into a complete fracture without protection.

In brief: AVOID

Avoid higher impact exercises like running.
A stress fracture can evolve into a complete fracture without protection.
Dr. Darrell Latva
Dr. Darrell Latva
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Dr. Kevin Stone
Sports Medicine

In brief: Pool exercise

It is always best to train as an athlete every day and not as a patient rehabbing from an injury.
There are many ways to modify exercise and strength training depending on injury. Exercise in the pool including swimming or deep water exercise with a suspension belt is a beneficial way to strengthen the trunk and improve conditioning in a non-weightbearing manner on a stress fracture.

In brief: Pool exercise

It is always best to train as an athlete every day and not as a patient rehabbing from an injury.
There are many ways to modify exercise and strength training depending on injury. Exercise in the pool including swimming or deep water exercise with a suspension belt is a beneficial way to strengthen the trunk and improve conditioning in a non-weightbearing manner on a stress fracture.
Dr. Kevin Stone
Dr. Kevin Stone
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