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What are the symptoms of Stress Fractures?

The other day I hurt my leg in a cross country race. Now it hurts to walk on it because my ankle hurts and the muscles behind my shin hurts. I am hoping its not stress fractures. Anyways what are some symptoms of stress fracture or does this sound like something else?

i have had stress fractures on my right foot many times and i now know if i have stress fractures on my foot because i can feel some pain or discomfort. so, a couple of days ago, i felt some discomfort / pain on the top of my foot. almost every step i felt some discomfort. from experience, i know what it was that i was dealing with. i went to the doctor and got some xrays and sure enough, some stress fractures.

now, the symptoms you describe sound like a stress fracture. for all i know, it could just be bruised. wait another day or two (or sooner if it hurts a lot), and see if the pain subsides. if it doesn't go see your doctor.

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Can you recover from tendinitis and stress fractures in the hip area?

I had an MRI done and she said that I had some stress fractures and leakage? I got out the military and they gave me a dissability for tendinitis? Can I do some type of weight trainig/stretching to heal without medication or surgery?

Both these conditions take time & patience to heal. I would suggest getting into a good physical therepist, I'm sure your doctor can recommend one. You don't want to do weight training without someone who can professionally monitor your progress so you don't create more problems.  (+ info)

What can I do if I have microscopic fractures in my shins?

For the past 4 years I have been hurting from my shins every time I run. It started when I was in 7th grade playing volleyball since then it always hurts. Went to the doctor and he told me that i had microscopic fractures but didn't give me any hope to find a solutions to it. I want to know what i can do to find a solution to my problem.

I don't believe there is anything to be done. If you are unsatisfied with his diagnosis seek a second opinion. Good luck!  (+ info)

Is the Ellis classification system used to classify dental fractures?

I am doing a project on dental fractures and I was not sure if it is still used?

Actually, in response to the person above, the LeFort system is used to classify maxillary bone fractures.

The Ellis classification is an entirely different thing, and is used to describe fractures of the teeth themselves, depending on the severity. It's grade 1-3, with 1 being into enamel, 2 being into dentine and 3 being all the way into pulp.

I don't personally use it, and was never taught it, but I have heard of it, and know that it is still used in some places.  (+ info)

Can neck fractures change a person physically or mentally?

My friend's friend fell off a truck(she was sitting on the side when the driver sped up as a joke) and got 3 neck fractures.
She's been in the ICU for three days now.
Will she be affected/effected by this, or will she heal and be the same?
Richard, hopefully you'll see this, she DID have surgery.
I forgot to mention that.
They had surgery the night of the accident.
They also had to drain fluid out of her head.

Elsie, the answer to this lies in whether there was any damage to the spinal cord. If the spinal cord was undamaged she will recover completely. Since she has not had any surgery at this point I think that she should recover completely. Mentally she may have to work with a mental health specialist to get past this incident. Being in a car or truck may bring back bad memories.  (+ info)

Can prior stress fractures in your shins be a cause of Peripheral Arterial Disease?

I have been getting increased pain in my calves for about a year. At first I thought it was because of the access amount of stairs I climb a day, but my calves are so tight. They are stiff, sore, extremely tight, and feel like I'm constantly flexing. Once I sit down, I get weird feelings in my feet. I have a history of stress fractures and I'm wondering if I could have PAD.

No, there is no direct correlation between the two. PVD and PAD are complications of atherosclerosis.

The symptoms you are having should be investigated, however.  (+ info)

I have had two fractures in two years should I worry about my bone density?

I am 23 years old and both fractures happened whilst playing netball. I broke both feet whilst landing from a small jump, also both wrists hurt after simple tasks. Should I be worried about osteoporosis/arthritis?

That is not an unreasonable suggestion. One of the indications for a dexa bone scan is fractures occurring after minimal trauma. A sensible GP would consider your request seriously.  (+ info)

Is it good to alternate ice n heat for stress fractures?

I'm having extreme shin splints, I think borderline stress fractures. I have to do a run evaluation in 2 days so I only have the weekend to heal. What's the best way to utilize my time to heal? Is it ok to alternate ice baths with hot showers back to back? Thanks

I run track and cross country. What I do after any hard practice or meet, even if I don't have shin splints right away, is take a shower, then i put my legs under the flow of water and gradually turn the water to cold, and then back to hot. But each time i make it colder and then hotter as I go. Eventually i just sit in the hot water and I never have problems. Also if you are having shin splints, find a curb and put your toes on it, then raise your body. Trust me, they work. (you can also hang onto weights to increase it after a while)  (+ info)

About how long does it take for facial fractures to heal?

About 7 weeks ago I was mugged and wound up with facial fractures in my right orbit, sphenoid, and a comminuted fracture of my zygomatic arch, which required surgery and was fixed. It's been about 6 weeks since then, and it's healing (bruising and a fair bit of the swelling gone, and I only get a brief twinge if I lightly press on the fracture sites) - does anyone know how long until the remaining swelling is gone and the fractures are healed completely?

This is variable, and influenced by age, health, diet and general well being.

However, by 12 weeks, I would imagine that your bones would be as good as new.

When you get reviewed, they may re x-ray, and your surgeon should be able to give you a heads up on the healing process.

Good luck!  (+ info)

How do dentists fix hairline fractures in teeth?

Hello. A few years ago I had a bump to the two front teeth which lead to small hairline fractures. Recently my child enjoys banging me in the mouth and this morning I looked in natural bright sunlight and noticed (with my mirror) that these hairline fractures are quite progressive now. I am very afraid, I am only 27. Will I have to get them taken out or get dentures? I m very upset right now. :"(
What do dentists normally do? Do they watch and wait or go ahead and repair? I am so sad. :"(

I doubt you will have any problems. However you should have a dental exam and cleaning at least every two years.  (+ info)

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