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What is the difference between a stress reaction and a stress fracture?
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Dr. Tandy Freeman
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Severity
Stress fractures develop over time due to excessive demand placed on a bone.
A stress reaction is a stage in the development of a stress fracture.

In brief: Severity
Stress fractures develop over time due to excessive demand placed on a bone.
A stress reaction is a stage in the development of a stress fracture.
Dr. Tandy Freeman
Dr. Tandy Freeman
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In brief: Stress fracture
A stress fracture is called a pathological fracture of a bone.
The fracture is non displaced and usually not seen on x ray for up to several weeks after symptoms are seen.

In brief: Stress fracture
A stress fracture is called a pathological fracture of a bone.
The fracture is non displaced and usually not seen on x ray for up to several weeks after symptoms are seen.
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