Stress fractures – tiny cracks in a bone – are very common sports injuries.
What causes it?
Stress fractures develop from repetitive force, usually overuse. Sometimes these result from a new activity, where bones have difficulty adjusting, or via improper techniques or training.
How do you know you have it?
While there can be additional symptoms, most stress fracture are characterized by pain, the levels of which are often reduced by rest.
How we fix it
The OSI orthopedic team is here to listen, discuss your concerns, and examine you for signs and symptoms of a stress fracture. Our goal is to have you doing the activities you love. While under our expert care, you may undergo the following:
- Physical exam: Your doctor will discuss your symptoms and general medical history to evaluate the patient’s risk factors for stress fracture. The doctor will then examine the affected area.
- Imaging: X-rays are frequently used to identify stress fractures. An MRI may be ordered.
Nonsurgical treatments include:
- Activity modification
- RICE protocol
- Bracing/shoe inserts
Some stress fractures will require surgery for proper healing, which often involves supporting bones with fasteners. Without activity modification, a stress fracture may become a complete break, which will necessitate surgery.