Stress Fracture Injuries - Recovery Tips
Stress fractures are microscopic fractures occurring in an area of bone under excessive repetitive stress without enough time to heal.
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Frequently Asked Questions on Stress Fracture Injuries
- +What is this injury?
-What is this injury?Stress fractures are microscopic fractures occurring in an area of bone under excessive repetitive stress without enough time to heal. In running and jumping athletes, stress fractures in bones of the hip, leg, ankle and foot are common.
- +What are the common treatments?
-What are the common treatments?Treatment varies depending on the particular bone injured and the severity of the injury. Generally treatment starts with eliminating the repetitive stress on that bone, such as running for a stress fracture in the lower extremity. Some stress fractures, including those of the tibia, navicular, femoral neck, and fifth metatarsal, don't heal easily or quickly and might require long periods not putting weight on the leg or even surgery.
- +How long could it take to recover?
-How long could it take to recover?The time for full recovery depends on the nature of the treatment needed to get the bone to heal. Generally doctors hold patients out of sports or exercise that stress the affected bone until the stress fracture heals. For some bones, recovery might only take a few weeks, while others could take several months.
- +What should I ask my doctor?
-What should I ask my doctor?It is always a good idea to ask if surgery is necessary and if there are nonsurgical treatment options that can be tried first. You could ask the doctor what activities you could do while allowing the injured area to heal. Also ask when you could expect to safely return to your sport or exercise.