Stress Fractures

One of the most common injuries in sports is a stress fracture. Overcoming an injury like a stress fracture can be difficult, but it can be done. Most stress fractures occur in the weight bearing bones of the lower leg and the foot. More than 50% of all stress fractures occur in the lower leg. Athletes participating in tennis, track and field, and basketball are very good candidates for stress fractures. In all of these sports, the repetitive stress of the foot striking the ground can cause trauma. Without sufficient rest between workouts, an athlete is at risk for developing a stress fracture. X-rays are commonly used to determine a stress fracture. Occasionally, a computed topography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will be necessary. The most important treatment is rest. Individuals need to rest from the activity that caused the stress fracture and engage in a pain free activity during the six to eight weeks it takes to heal. The doctors of the Marina Spine Center can help guide you out of pain and back to your life.