Stress fractures Sapra Hospital

What are Stress Fractures: Causes, Symptoms, and prevention?

10 months ago

When a large pressure or force is applied on a bone and it is not able to bear it, then it occurs the stress fractures. Stress fractures are small breaks or cracks in a bone. Weakening of bones due to osteoporosis can also lead to Stress fractures. Stress fractures are common in weight-bearing bones of the foot, leg, and pelvis. The person who is more indulge in walking, running and jumping with heavyweights like field athletes and military recruits are more prone to this.

Dr. Amit Saini (Orthopedician and Joint Replacement Surgeon at Hisar) explained that fractures occur when a single large force is applied on the bone whereas stress fractures caused by overuse of bones and the failure to have adequate equipment to protect the body.

Symptoms of Stress fractures

At first, stress fractures are not painful, but over time the pain worsens. With physical activity and weight-bearing, the pain usually intensifies and subsides with rest. There may also be swelling and inflammation around the affected area. Localized swelling can occur at the injury site, and if the area is touched, spot tenderness can occur.

People who are more indulge in activities like playing, running, gymnastics and field tracks are more prone to stress fractures as their bones are in constant pressure with the ground.

If you are suffering from a Stress fracture

Consult an expert Orthopedician in Hissar if you think you may be suffering from a stress fracture.  An orthopedist will have to perform a thorough physical examination and perform tests to make sure you don’t suffer from anything else before starting the treatment.

For fast recovery from a stress fracture, Rest is a key solution. Patients should avoid the activity that caused the fracture until complete healing of the injury. Otherwise, the risk of re-injury is present, which usually takes longer to heal. Patients may also wear braces and inserts to stabilize the injured part of the body and help the bone heal more quickly.

Dr. Amit Saini

Seema Jain

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