Stress Fractures

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

One of the most common injuries in sports is a stress fracture. Dr. Edward Hill discusses these injuries and what can cause them in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A stress fracture is a break in a bone that is caused by repeated stress or pressure. Stress fractures are most common in the bones in your leg.

High-intensity exercise can put stress or pressure on your bones. Usually, the bone can heal itself. However, if you keep putting stress on the bone and it doesn't have time to heal, it can become weak. This can lead to a fracture.

Women are at slightly higher risk than men. People who participate in track and field, basketball, volleyball or soccer are at higher risk of stress fractures.

Symptoms include pain at the site of the fracture that gets worse with physical activity. Swelling and tenderness are also common.

Your doctor may recommend physical therapy and medicine for the pain. Most stress fractures heal without problems, but some fractures, such as those in the hip or ankle, may not heal as well. If these cause problems, you may need surgery.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.