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Stress Fractures

Stress fractures ­– tiny cracks in a bone – are very common sports injuries.

What causes a Stress Fracture?

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 a Stress Fracture?

While there can be additional symptoms, most stress fractures are characterized by pain, the levels of which are often reduced by rest.

How does OSI fix a Stress Fracture?

An OSI orthopedic expert will examine you for signs and symptoms of a stress fracture. You’ll discuss any activities that may have caused the stress fracture and determine the best course of treatment upon confirmation of your injury. Your OSI doctor will perform some or all of the following to confirm your stress fracture:

  • Physical exam: Your doctor will discuss your symptoms and general medical history to evaluate your 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 Treatment

Nonsurgical treatments include:

  • Activity modification
  • RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate) protocol
  • Bracing/shoe inserts

Surgical Treatment

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.