How to tell if I have a stress fracture in my femur?

Symptoms and Imaging. Stress fractures usually cause pain, but may also cause swelling and discoloration. The nature of stress fractures can make them very hard to identify on x-rays, but some may be apparent based on their size or phase in healing. Larger stress fractures or those that have had some to start healing are often the ones that can be seen with x-ray. The most specific test for a stress fracture is a mri.

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What are the chances of breaking a stress fracture femur?

It's already broken. The chances of it becoming a displaced fracture becomes more possible if you do not follow your orthopedic surgeons plan of care. They R due 2 the bone being stressed beyond its ability to handle what you were doing 2 cause it. Read more...

Pain in stress fracture femur after 6 weeks. Is that normal?

Generally not. In most cases, a simple closed fracture without significant movement (displacement) should heal well in an otherwise healthy 19 year old, assuming you let it heal and didn't re-injure. 6 weeks is usually about right. If it is delayed, there is incomplete healing (non-union), or there are other things involved like significant soft tissue injury, you should return to your doctor to follow-up. Read more...

Ortho diagnosis distal femur stress fracture no known cause would you recommend searching for cause given unique location? How to find cause?

Rule out osteoporosi. I recommend you see your family doctor to rule out early causes of osteoporosis by appropriate testing. May need an endocrine consult and should rule out hypophosphatasia if labs point towards that with a chronically low alkaline phosphatase level. Parathyroid tests will need to be run. Best wishes. Read more...

Can I begin running track again after 5-6 weeks of my stress fracture femur?

Not until cleared. You need to be cleared by your doctor for return to activity after a fracture, even stress fractures. Read more...

MRI confirmed recurrent/ residual stress fracture in rt distal femur (1st 9/18/13, 2nd 7/31/14). Despite rest, still lots of pain. Is this normal?

No. No, it's not normal. Bones usually take 6-8 weeks to heal. But healing can be slowed down by certain medications, smoking, among other things. A fracture that hasn't healed after 3 months is called a nonunion and may require surgery. You should see your orthopedic doctor for more specific treatment options about your case. Read more...