What is the difference between a stress reaction and a stress fracture?

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.
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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What are the symptoms for a medial shin stress fracture vs a stress reaction?

The symptoms. Can be the same sometimes diagnostic test like X-ray, MRI or bone scan help make e diagnosis.

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.

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?

Several weeks. When there is enough injury to a bone to cause visible inflammation, the healing process takes several weeks. It will help your son to remain active, but to avoid heavy lifting or impact activities.

What is the difference between a stress fracture on the metatarsal and one on the metatarsalgia?

Good question. A stress fracture is a nondisplaced fracture of the bone that occurs after repeated microtrauma. It may be hard to see on standard x-rays. Metatarsalgia is a fairly nonspecific term that refers to pain underneath the metatarsal heads where the toes meet the foot. There can be multiple causes for both of these see a orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon. Www. Orthodoc. Aaos. Org/footankle.
Metatarsal pain. Metatarsal pain can be caused by stress fractures. The term metatarsalgia just means inflammation of the metatarsals. You need x-rays and to be evaluated by your podiatrist.
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.
See details. A stress fracture is a fracture. Metatarsalgia is secondary to a nerve compression.

Please help! What is the difference between a stress fracture on the metatarsal, and metatarsalgia?

See below. A stress fracture is a break in the bone. Metatarsalgia is pain in the bones due to stress and may lead to a stress fracture.

Describe difference between a stress fracture on the metatarsal, and metatarsalgia?

Not the same. A stress fracture is a break in the bone. Metatarsalgia is a catch all diagnosis for pain in the metatarsals.
Stress fracture. Is a break in the bone. Metatarsalgia is a general term for pain to the metatarsal head regions. Someone can have pain to the met heads from a skinny fat pad, or a bursitis etc it is a generic term.
Fracture. See my other answer on the history of the stress fracture. Stress or pathological fracture is a non displaced fracture. That is no bone shift takes place. Metatarsalgia is a catch all term for forefoot pain for a variety of causes or reasons.

What is the difference between a shin splint and a stress fracture of the shin?

Bone involment. Shin splint is an increase to comparmental psressure within the different comparments of the leg, it does not involve the bone. An stress fx involves the boneof the leg, the tibia.

What is the difference between a lumbar stress fracture and strain?

Bone and soft tissue. Fractures are breaks or cracks in bones whereas soft tissue structures like ligaments, tendons and muscles are what strain.