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Fracture, Stress

Fracture, Stress Causes

Repetitive application of force causes stress fractures. There are two types of stress fractures namely fatigue fractures and insufficiency fractures. The former often occur during high-impact activities such as running and jumping but can also result from prolonged activities such as hiking or walking. The latter meanwhile occurs under the stress of routine activity.

Fracture, Stress Definition

Tiny cracks in a bone are called stress fractures and are most common in the weight-bearing bones of the lower leg and foot. Particularly susceptible to stress fractures are track and field athletes but anyone can experience the condition.

Fracture, Stress Diagnosis

The doctor will usually ask about signs, symptoms, and recent physical activity. Swelling or tenderness will also be considered. If a doctor suspects a stress fracture but X-rays appear normal, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), bone scans, or computerized tomography (CT) may be needed.

Fracture, Stress Symptoms and Signs

People with stress fractures may experience paint hat increases with activity and decreases with rest, pain that occurs earlier in each successive workout, pain that increases over time, pain that persists even at rest, swelling, and a spot that feels tender or painful to the touch.

Fracture, Stress Treatment

Treatment of stress fractures often focuses on simple self-care measures such as rest, applying ice to the affected area, and taking pain relievers. Doctors may immobilize the affected bone with a splint or cast in more severe cases. A pin must sometimes be surgically inserted into the bone to hold it together and promote proper healing.

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