Are you a runner concerned about stress fractures? Are you concerned a stress fracture may prevent you from progressing in your workouts or athletic ambitions? Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), the all-natural alternative, may be the answer for you.
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A stress fracture is described as a small crack in the bone that occurs from overuse. It commonly develops in weight-bearing bones of the lower leg and foot. When the muscles of the foot are overworked or stressed, they are unable to absorb the stress. The muscles then transfer the stress to the bone, which results in a stress fracture.Next section
Stress fractures are caused by a rapid increase in the intensity of exercise. Other causes include impact on a hard surface, improper footwear, and increased physical activity. Athletes participating in certain sports such as long distance running, basketball, tennis, or gymnastics are at a greater risk of developing stress fractures. An athlete with inadequate rest between workouts may also develop stress fractures.Next section
The most common symptom is pain in the extremity, which usually gets worse during exercises and decreases upon resting. Swelling, bruising and tenderness may also occur at a specific point.Next section
Stress fractures can be diagnosed by reviewing symptoms, risk factors, and performing a thorough physical examination. Some diagnostic tests, such as X-ray’s, may be required to confirm the fracture.
Stress fractures are usually treated by a non-surgical approach, which includes:
Osteopath treatment for Stress Fractures
Frequently asked questions
What should I wear to my appointments?
Loose-fitting clothing or gym clothes
How many visits will I need?
This is variable depending upon what is being treated and how extensive your treatment needs to be. Our goal is to bring you to optimal health so that you won’t need to continually return.
What is the difference between licensing and board certification for a physician, and do you have any of these?
Physicians are required to be licensed to practice medicine in the U.S. by the licensing board in each state they wish to practice.
A board certified physician has completed an additional training program in a specialty and has passed a rigorous exam to assess his or her knowledge, skills and experience to provide quality patient care in that specialty.
In my case, I am licensed to practice medicine in Texas, and I have two board certifications. The first one is Family Medicine and the second one is Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.
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