Pediatric Stress Fractures

Pediatric Stress Fractures

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Summary

A stress fracture is a common injury that causes a tiny crack in a bone. It is typically the result of repetitive pressure.

Expanded overview

A stress fracture is a tiny crack in a bone. A stress fracture can happen in any bone, but usually occur in bones in the feet, legs, arms or spine. It is a common injury in active children.

A stress fracture can start out small, but become a larger problem if continued pressure is put on the bone.

Causes

Some stress fractures occur because of repetitive pressure that is put on a bone during sports and activities, such as running or jumping. Other times, a stress fracture happens because a person has fragile bones or nutritional deficiencies that make the bones weaker.

Symptoms

A stress fracture may have little to no symptoms when it first begins. Some symptoms of a stress fracture may include:

  • A bone that is painful to touch or press
  • Pain in the bone during activity
  • Pain in the bone after activity
  • Pain that gets worse over time
  • Swelling

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