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Stress Fractures in Sports

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Spring is finally here! With warmer weather and more daylight hours, it’s a great opportunity to get outside and get active. It’s also the time of year where orthopedist and sports medicine specialist Dr. Robert V. Moriarty, M.D.  sees at influx of patients with stress fractures  at our  Long Island, NY office. A stress fracture is known as an overuse injury, which occurs after repetitive forces cause a tiny crack in the bone. Fortunately, we have some ways to prevent this type of sports injury, as well as the causes, diagnosis, and treatment options for it. runners

Quick Facts about Stress Fractures in Sports:

  • What is it and what causes it? 
    • Stress fractures are a tiny crack in the bone caused by repetitive overuse
    • Often result of increasing activity amount or intensity too rapidly
    • Over half of stress fractures occur in the lower leg and foot
  • How is it diagnosed? 
    • Patients usually complain of pain with activity
    • Typically diagnosed by an orthopedic surgeon with knowledge of sports medicine
    • X-Rays can be helpful, but can’t always detect a stress fracture, MRIs may be necessary
  • What are the treatment options?
    • Rest from activity that causes pain
    • Gradual re-introduction of impact exercises after 4-6 weeks
    • Non-impact exercise (swimming, elliptical, etc)
    • Crutches or walking boots can be used for severe pain
  • Prevention
    • Gradually increase your activity levels (set increments)
    • Try to pre-condition at least one month before sports season begins
    • Make sure you have the proper footwear
    • Rest for a few days if pain or swelling occurs
  Think you or a loved one might have a stress fracture or another orthopedic injury? Contact us today at our Huntington, NY location to discuss your treatment.

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