Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bone and occur in one of these scenarios: excessive force through normal bone, or normal force through abnormal bone, such as a weakened bone with osteoporosis. Stress fractures can occur in runners, track and field athletes, or in someone starting a new exercise routine or activity – doing too much too soon. They are commonly found in weight bearing bones of the lower leg and foot. Hip stress fractures can occur in athletes due to repetitive stress in jumping and running. Stress fractures are diagnosed with X-rays, CT scans or MRI. Hip fracture pain is usually felt in the groin, increases with activity and decreases with rest. If you suspect a stress fracture, you must consult with a physician who can order the proper diagnostic tests. Prevention can include proper footwear, running on surfaces that are not concrete, and dietary changes to increase bone density.
If you are feeling pain or discomfort from stress fractures, contact Physioactive Physical Therapy & Wellness Center today to schedule an evaluation with a Boca Raton or Deerfield Beach, FL physical therapist.
How can I find relief for stress fractures?
Stress fractures can be successfully treated through physical therapy. Our physical therapists will conduct an initial evaluation that will include a physical exam, a review of health history, and an analysis of symptoms. If needed, additional diagnostic tests (such as an MRI scan) may be conducted. Your treatment plan will consist of passive therapies to relieve pain and promote healing, in addition to active muscle-strengthening exercises and stretches to increase strength, improve your range of motion, and prevent further injury from occurring. Our physical therapists will also provide activity-specific training, in order to help you perform at optimum levels in your sport or work.
If you’ve sustained a stress fracture, contact us at our Boca Raton or Deerfield Beach, FL center today. Physioactive Physical Therapy & Wellness Center will help you recover quickly and will get you back to your daily lifestyle in no time!